Raymond Pierrehumbert

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Raymond Thomas Pierrehumbert
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University
Spouse(s)Janet Pierrehumbert
AwardsFellow of the AAAS, Ordre des Palmes académiques, Guggenheim Fellowship
Scientific career
FieldsGeophysics, climatology
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
University of Oxford
ThesisThe structure and stability of large vortices in an inviscid flow (1980)
Notable studentsJoshua Wurman

Raymond T. Pierrehumbert is the Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was Louis Block Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. He was a lead author on the Third Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and a co-author of the National Research Council report on abrupt climate change. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, which was used to launch collaborative work on the climate of early Mars with collaborators in Paris. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and sits on the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Pierrehumbert's central research interest is how climate works as a system and developing idealized mathematical models to be used to address questions of climate science such as how the earth kept from freezing over: the faint young sun paradox.[1] Current interests include climate of extrasolar planets.

Pierrehumbert contributes to RealClimate.

Pierrehumbert is married to Janet Pierrehumbert, professor of Language Modeling at the University of Oxford.

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  1. ^ Choi, Charles Q. (3 January 2013). "How Early Earth Kept Warm Despite Faint Sun". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 2 March 2014.

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