Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the bestselling author of The Cloudspotter's Guide and the Cloud Collector's Handbook, as well as the Wavewatcher's Companion, which won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. He is the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, which has over 34,000 members in almost 100 countries.
He has given talks around the world on the subject of clouds – how to recognise the many different types, why cloud-gazing is good for the soul and why 'blue-sky thinking' is wholly overrated. He has written and presented television documentaries about clouds for the BBC and Channel 4, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Meteorology Department of Reading University.
Gavin also speaks about waves. But not just ocean waves – all waves. From sound waves to light waves, shock waves to Mexican waves, he 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.
Whether enthusing about clouds or waves, Gavin makes us see our everyday surroundings in a completely new and fascinating way. He reminds us that just a slight shift in perspective is all we need to realise what is valuable in the everyday stuff around us. There is a broader lesson here – both in business and life. After hearing Gavin speak, audiences will look at clouds and waves as if seeing them for the very first time.
"A perfectly paced combination of whimsical, digressive wonder and in-depth knowledge... engaging to all." - Financial Times
"Gavin Pretor-Pinney remains a uniquely brilliant guide to the physical world... It is a magical formula." - Mail on Sunday
"His style is genial, his enthusiasm uplifting... nothing less than a subtle but glorious mantra for a way of life." - Metro