Tzvi Gal-Chen

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Tzvi Gal-Chen
Born (1941-09-01)September 1, 1941
Palestine
Died October 10, 1994(1994-10-10) (aged 53)
United States Norman, OK, United States
Residence United States United States
Nationality United States American
Fields Meteorology
Institutions University of Oklahoma
Alma mater Tel Aviv University
Columbia University
Doctoral advisor Richard Somerville
Known for Doppler radar retrieval, Numerical modeling

Tzvi Gal-Chen is the father of author Rivka Galchen, and a scientist known for his work on wind and thermodynamic variables.

Early Life In Israel[edit]

Tzvi Gal-Chen's parents moved to Palestine when they were in their teens as part of a youth movement that came to Palestine in the early 1920s - having emigrated from Minsk in the current Belarus. Tzvi Gal-Chen was born in Palestine on September 1, 1941. Tzvi grew up as an Israeli Sabra on a collective farm. He served in the Israeli Army. He earned a B.Sc. in 1967 and an M.Sc. in 1970, both from Tel Aviv University, with specialization in applied math and physics.

Life in the United States[edit]

Tzvi came to the United States in 1970. In 1973, he earned a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from Columbia University, under the supervision of Dr. R C.J. Somerville. From September 1975 to September 1979 he was a research assistant professor at the University of Toronto. For the last 12 years of his career, he was a professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. He died suddenly, while on a walk, on October 10, 1994. Tzvi Gal-Chen is most noted for his work in retrieval of wind and thermodynamic variables from a single Doppler radar.

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