Meet the Founders: Daniel H. Rothman and Kerry A. Emanuel

Daniel H. Rothman, a Professor of Geophysics at MIT, has contributed widely to the understanding of the organization of the natural environment. His work has resulted in fundamental advances in subjects ranging from seismology and fluid flow to biogeochemistry and paleobiology. He has also made significant contributions to research in statistical physics. Much of his recent interests focus on the dynamics of Earth’s carbon cycle.

Rothman joined the MIT faculty in 1986, after receiving his AB in applied mathematics from Brown University and his PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Geophysical Union and is the recipient of the 2016 Levi L. Conant Prize from the American Mathematical Society.

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Kerry A. Emanuel is a Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, and upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.

Emanuel joined the MIT faculty in 1981 and has been the Director of the Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography and, more recently, the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and in 2006 was included in Time Magazine’s “100 People who Shape Our World”.

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