Professor Chris Mutlow – Director RAL Space
22 Jun 2022



Chris became the Director of RAL Space in 2015, having previously been the Head of Earth Observation and Atmospheric Science Division. Today he is responsible for around 300 expert staff and leads the delivery of the National Satellite Test Facility.

Chris Mutlow

​​​Prof Chris Mutlow​​

Credit: STFC RAL Space

He graduated from Imperial College with a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, and then completed a DPhil. in Atmospheric Physics at Oxford University on the remote sensing of water vapour in the stratosphere and mesosphere.

He joined RAL in 1986 and became the project scientist for the Along Track Scanning Radiometers (ATSR-1, ATSR-2 and AATSR), eventually becoming principal investigator for ATSR-1 and a co-investigator for the HIRDLS​ instrument. He has remained closely associated with the successful ATSR project and led the RAL Space team in the design of the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer for Sentinel-3.

​Chris was one of the founding co-directors of the Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation and is a member of the UK Space Agency's Earth Observation Advisory Committee, Space Growth Partnership Board, Space Sector Council, an Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester, and chair of the UKRI Space Coordination Group.