Joseph Pedlosky

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Joseph Pedlosky
Born (1938-04-07)April 7, 1938
Fields Oceanography, fluid dynamics
Institutions Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis The stability of currents in the atmosphere and the ocean (1963)
Doctoral advisor Jule Charney

Joseph Pedlosky (born 1938) is an American physical oceanographer.[1] He is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanography Institute. Pedlosky was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1985. He is the author of the textbooks Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Ocean Circulation Theory, and Waves in the Ocean and Atmosphere: Introduction to Wave Dynamics.[2]


He completed his Ph.D. in 1963 under the supervision of Jule Charney at MIT.


Pedlosky has made fundamental contributions in the study of baroclinic instability and the thermal structure of the ocean, particularly the oceanic thermocline.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1970: Meisinger Award, American Meteorological Society
  • 2005: Sverdrup Gold Medal, American Meteorological Society
  • 2009: Bernard Haurwitz Award, American Meteorological Society
  • 2011: Maurice Ewing Medal, American Geophysical Union[1]


  1. ^ a b "Pedlosky Receives 2011 Maurice Ewing Medal" (PDF). Eos 93 (2): 22. 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Pedlosky, J., Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Springer-Verlag, 1987.

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