Ernest Ronald Oxburgh
University College, Oxford (MA), Princeton (PhD)
Studied under Harry Hess, one of the founding fathers of plate tectonics
Non-executive chairman, Shell;
chairman, House of Lords select committee on science and technology;
honorary professor, Cambridge University;
fellow of the Royal Society.
Awarded KBE in 1992 and made a life peer (crossbench) in 1999
"The one thing that is clear is that oil is getting harder to find, and as more obvious resources are discovered and exploited it's going to get progressively more difficult."
What does he know anyway.