Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide, The Cloud Collector's Handbook and The Wave-Watcher's Companion. He is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, which now numbers 27,000 members in 90 countries.
From sound waves to light waves, shock waves to Mexican waves, The Wavewatcher's Companion explains why the many and varied undulations of life are the fundamental building blocks of the world around us, and why our very lives depend upon them. The book has been longlisted for the Royal Society's Science Book of 2011.
Gavin has lectured around the world on the subject of clouds – how to become a cloudspotting connoisseur, why cloud-gazing is good for the soul and why 'blue-sky thinking' is wholly overrated. Whether enthusing about clouds or waves, he helps us see the everyday things around us in a completely new and fascinating way. After watching him talk, cloud gazing and wave watching will never be the same again.
Gavin has also written and presented television documentaries about clouds for the BBC and Channel 4. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Meteorology Department of Reading University.