Peter Barnes is Professor of Thoracic Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, and was Head of Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College 1987-2017 and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. He qualified at Cambridge and Oxford Universities (first class honours). He has published >1500 peer-review papers on asthma, COPD and related topics and has written or edited over 50 books. He was recently named as in the top 10 most highly cited researchers in the world and has an h-index of 185 with >140,000 citations. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007, the first respiratory researcher for over 150 years. He is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the global guidelines on COPD (GOLD). He also serves on the Editorial Board of over 30 journals and is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of COPD Foundation and respiratory Editor of Up-to-Date. He has given several prestigious lectures, including the Amberson Lecture at the American Thoracic Society, the Sadoul Lecture at the European Respiratory Society and the Croonian Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians, London. He has been received honorary MD degrees from the Universities of Ferrara (Italy), Athens (Greece), Tampere (Finland), Leuven (Belgium) and Maastricht (Netherlands). He was elected a Master Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He was President of the ERS 2013/14. He was awarded the Trudeau Medal of the ATS in 2020. His research has focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of asthma and COPD and their treatments.