Charles Godfray

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Sir Hugh Charles Jonathan Godfray CBE FRS (born 27 October 1958) is a British zoologist. He is Hope Professor of Zoology at Jesus College, Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.[1][2]


Educated at Millfield and St Peter's College, Oxford, he gained his PhD in community ecology from Imperial College, London in 1983. He remained at Imperial as a post-doc until 1985, when he returned to Oxford as a demonstrator. In 1987 he returned to Imperial as a lecturer until 2006, when he again returned to Oxford, now as a fellow of Jesus College and Hope Professor of Zoology.

He was awarded the Scientific Medal in 1994, and Frink Medal in 2009 of the Zoological Society of London. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours.[3] and was knighted in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to scientific research and scientific advice to government.[4]

Studying the malaria problem Godfray and his coworkers presented data suggesting that use of spermless mosquitoes may be a feasible way to control the disease.[5]

Has been Director of the Oxford Martin School since February 2018.


  1. ^ "Professor H Charles J Godfray | Jesus College, University of Oxford". Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. ^ "About the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food | Future of Food". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 7.
  4. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B2.
  5. ^ Leslie Pitterson (8 September 2011). "Shooting Blanks:Researchers Say Spermless Mosquitoes Could Tide Malaria Spread". Clutch Magazine.

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