1952—2017

Keith R. Briffa, 64, died on October 29, 2017. Keith was born December 27, 1952, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. He earned a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 1974 and joined the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) there in 1977. He received his Ph.D. from the UEA School of Environmental Sciences in 1984, successfully defending his thesis “Tree-Climate Relationships and Dendroclimatological Reconstruction in the British Isles.” He stayed at CRU for the 40 years of his remarkably productive and significant scientific career, having the title of Emeritus Professor at the time of his passing.

Keith showed great breadth of scientific understanding, creativity, rigor, willingness and ability to collaborate and unflinching intellectual honesty. These attributes are clearly evident in all his work, from his Ph.D. dissertation to the most recent of his more than...

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