Lord May of Oxford

Lord May of Oxford

Full title

The Lord May of Oxford OM


Robert May



Joined the Lords

18 July 2001

Contact details

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 0207 219 5353
Fax: 0207 219 5979

Web & Social media


UK Parliament

Committee House Date
Economic Affairs Committee (L) Lords 2014-14
Economic Affairs Committee (L) Lords 2013-
HIV and AIDS Committee in the United Kingdom Lords 2010-11
Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I Lords 2007-11
Draft Climate Change Bill (Joint Committee) Lords 2007-07
Science and Technology Committee (L) Lords 2006-10

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Professor Emeritus Oxford University Zoology Department 2003-
Royal Society Research Professor Department of Zoology, Oxford University 1989-
Professor Oxford University, Zoology Department 1989-
Vice-President for Research Princeton University, USA 1977-88
Professor of Biology Princeton University, USA 1973-88
Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology Princeton University, USA 1973-89
Senior Lecturer/Professor Physics Department, University of Sydney 1961-73
Lecturer Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard 1960-61

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Member UK Climate Change Committee 2008-
Committee Member European Research Council 2007-10
Non-Executive Director Defence Science and Technology Laboratories 2004-12
Adviser Tesco's Sustainable Consumption Institute 2004-
Member Corporate Sustainability Board, HSBC 2001-
President The Royal Society 2000-05
Chief Scientific Adviser PM and UK Government 1995-05
Chairman of Trustees Natural History Museum 1994-99
Trustee Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew 1991-94
Committee Member Joint Nature Conservancy Council 1990-95

Member's focus

Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs
Energy and environment
Science and technology
Oxford and environs

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Non-executive Director, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Board (DSTL)
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Member, Corporate Sustainability Board HSBC (previously Corporate Social Responsibility Committee)
    • Member, International Advisory Board, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University
    • Member, UK Climate Change Committee
    • Occasional lectures in Saïd Business School's Corporate Outreach Programme, Oxford University
  • 5: Land and property

    • Two flats in Oxford
  • 6: Sponsorship

    • Oxford University's Zoology Department provides me with a personal assistant/secretary who supports my general university/academic activities; about 5% of her time could be attributed to activity involving the House of Lords and its Select Committees (particularly the Science and Technology Committee)
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Emeritus Professor, Zoology Department, Oxford University
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • Council Member (President 2009-2010), British Science Association
    • Fellow (President 2000-05), Royal Society