|Born||April 7, 1938|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Fields||Oceanography, fluid dynamics|
|Institutions||Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago|
|Thesis||The stability of currents in the atmosphere and the ocean (1963)|
|Doctoral advisor||Jule Charney|
Joseph Pedlosky (born April 7, 1938) is an American physical oceanographer. 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.
In 1966, as a young assistant professor at MIT, he refused to sign the Massachusetts Teachers' Oath ultimately bringing the case to the state supreme court. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court invalidated the legislation in 1967 in its ruling Pedlosky v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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
- 1970: Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, American Meteorological Society
- 1981: Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
- 1985: Elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences
- 1986: Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
1996 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 1997: Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science
- 2005: Sverdrup Gold Medal, American Meteorological Society 
- 2009: Bernard Haurwitz Award, American Meteorological Society
- 2011: Maurice Ewing Medal, American Geophysical Union
- Pedlosky, Joseph (10 January 2012). "Pedlosky Receives 2011 Maurice Ewing Medal" (PDF). Eos. 93 (2): 22. Bibcode:2012EOSTr..93...22P. doi:10.1029/2012eo020016.
- Pedlosky, J., Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Springer-Verlag, 1987.
- 352 Mass. 127 (1967) 224 N.E.2d 414
- National Academy Member Directory
- "WHOI Scientist to Receive American Meteorological Society Award", WHOI News, 2005
- Theoretical developments in ocean circulation theory. Venezia: Istituto veneto di scienze lettere ed arti. 1991.