Herbert Riehl

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Herbert Riehl
Born (1915-03-30)March 30, 1915
Died June 1, 1997(1997-06-01) (aged 82)
Citizenship Germany
United States (1939)
Fields Meteorology
Education New York University (M.S.)
University of Chicago (Ph.D.)
Thesis Subtropical Flow Patterns in Summer (1947)
Doctoral students Joanne Malkus, T. N. Krishnamurti, William M. Gray
Known for Largely developed the subfield of tropical meteorology
Notable awards Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal

Herbert Riehl (March 30, 1915 – June 1, 1997) was a German-born American meteorologist who is widely regarded as the father of tropical meteorology.[1] He is well known for his work with Joanne Simpson on the importance of hot towers, and their critical role in transport of energy out of the tropics via the Hadley circulation.


Riehl wrote the first textbook on tropical meteorology.


  1. ^ Gray, W. (1998). "Dr. Herbert Riehl". Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. 67 (1-4): 3–4. Bibcode:1998MAP....67....3G. doi:10.1007/BF01277498.