Patrick Johnson was born in Cornwall in August 1940, and
educated Sherborne School, Dorset and Exeter
College, Oxford, where he won a Stapeldon Scholarship in
On leaving Oxford in 1963, Stanley was awarded a
Harkness Fellowship to the United States.
He was the first
environment officer ever to be appointed in the Conservative
Research Department (1969-70).
He is a former Conservative
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) where he served (1979-1984)
as Vice Chairman of the
Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and
He has also worked in the European Commission
(1973-1979) as Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division
as Senior Adviser to DG Environment and as Director of
Before joining the Commission, Mr Johnson served on the
staff of the World Bank and the International Planned
Mr Johnson has been an adviser to Price
Waterhouse Coopers, a director of ERM, an environmental
consultancy, a trustee
of the Earthwatch Institute and of Plantlife International,
as well as being an environmental adviser to Jupiter Asset
Management. He is currently a trustee of the Dian Fossey
He has had many books published dealing with environmental
issues, including the Politics of the Environment, World
Population and the United Nations, the Earth Summit and
the Environmental Policy of the European Communities, as
well as "Survivial: Saving Endangered Migratory Species"
(2010)and "Where the Wild Things Were" (2012).
He has also had nine novels published, including The Commissioner,
which was made into a film starring John Hurt.
In 1984 he
was awarded the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services
to the Environment and in the same year the RSPCA
Richard Martin award for services to animal welfare. In
1962 he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry.
He stood unsuccessfully
for Parliament in the UK in the May 2005 General Election.
Mr Johnson has four children by his first marriage to the
painter Charlotte Johnson-Wahl, including Boris, the Mayor
of London. He also has two children, Julia and Maximilian,
by his second marriage to Jennifer.