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Vilhelm Friman Koren Bjerknes (March 14, 1862 – April 9, 1951) was a Norwegian physicist and meteorologist who did much to found the modern practice of weather forecasting. In 1895, he became professor of applied mechanics and mathematical physics at the University of Stockholm where he elucidated the fundamental interaction between fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. His major contribution was the primitive equations which are used in climate models. His son, Jacob Bjerknes, would introduce the ideas of weather fronts and the life cycle of extratropical cyclones, some of the most important advances in the history of meteorology.

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