• University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • W. J. Haynes Chair (Inaugural holder)
Gerald R. North


Professional Links

Additional Information


  • Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, 2003-2008
  • Head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University. September 1995-2003.
  • Visiting Scientist. University of Reading.  Reading, UK.  June-July 1994.
  • Director of Climate System Research Program, Texas A&M University. September 1986 – 1999.
  • Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and of Oceanography, Texas A&M University.  September 1986 – 2016.
  • Adjunct Professor of Geography, Texas A&M University. March 1990-2016.
  • Senior Consulting Scientist, Applied Research Corporation. Landover, MD. 1986-1993.
  • Senior Consulting Scientist, Applied Res. Corp. Technologies. College Station, TX. 1987-93.
  • Physical Scientist, AST (GS-15), Climate/Radiation Branch, NASA/GSFC. Greenbelt, MD. l978-86.
  • Lecturer/Adjunct Prof., Department of Meteorology. University of Maryland. College Park, MD. 1980-86.
  • Professor, Department of Physics. University of Missouri. St. Louis, MO. 1977-80.
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Summer Lecture Program. NASA/Goddard  Institute for Space Studies. New York, NY.  July, 1979.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics. University of Missouri. St. Louis, MO.  1972-77.
  • Visiting Scientist, Main Geophysical Observatory. Leningrad, USSR.  May-July 1977.
  • Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Woods Hole, MA. Summer 1976.
  • Senior Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder, CO.  1974-75.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Missouri. St. Louis, MO. 1968-72.
  • Research Associate, Department of Physics. University of Pennsylvania, PA.  1966-68.
  • Technician/Programmer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge, TN.  Sept. 1957-Aug. 1961.

Educational Background

  • B. S. in Physics, (also major in Math) University of Tennessee, 1960
  • Ph.D. in Physics, (minor in Math) University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1966
  • Post-Doc in Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1966-68
  • Co-Op Student, then junior physicist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1957-1961

Research Interests

    • Modern and Paleo-Climate Analysis       
    • Satellite Remote Sensing, Mission Planning
    • Climate and Hydrology Modeling       
    • Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Science

Awards & Honors

  • Ambassador Award, American Geophysical Union, 2020
  • Halbouty Medal, College of Geosciences, 2017
  • Horton Lecturer, American Meteorological Society, January, 2018, Austin,TX
  • Scientific Colloquium Speaker, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, 2016, Greenbelt, MD.
  • Robert D. Cess Distinguished Lecturer, 2015, SUNY-Stony Brook.
  • Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, 2003-2009.
  • Member, Faculty Advisory Board, Texas Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011-2013.
  • Member AMS, Awards Oversight Committee, 2013.
  • Chairman, Panel to Revise AGU Statement on Climate Change 2012-2013.
  • Chairman, NRC Organizing Committee on Solar Variability and Climate Change, 2011-2013.
  • Member, AMS Research Awards Committee, 2010-2013 (Chair, 2013).
  • Member, AGU Fellows Union Selection Committee, 2009-2011.
  • Member Faculty Advisory Committee, Texas A&M Press. 2009-
  • Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, Elsevier, 2010-2014.
  • Recipient of the Jule G. Charney Medal from the American Meteorological Society, January 2008.
  • Chairman, NRC/NAS Committee on Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2000 years, 2006.
  • Editor’s Citation for Outstanding Referee for Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union. 2006.
  • Editor in Chief, Reviews of Geophysics, Jan. 2005-2010.
  • Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, July 2003-2008.
  • Listed among the Most Highly Cited Authors in Geosciences (top 0.5%) by Science Citation Index, 2002.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, National Institute for Global Environmental Change, 1999-2002, Chairman, 2001-2.
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association, 2001-2007
  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecturer, Louisiana State University, April 1999
  • Co-Chair Graduate Studies Theme group, Vision 2020; 1999
  • Speaker and Moderator, Houston Forum, Sept. 1998
  • Interim Editor, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 1995-1996
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Atmospheric & Oceanic Technology, 1993-1996
  • Selected Speaker, Texas A&M University Faculty Lecturer Series. 1993-94
  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University. 1993
  • Elected Member (twice), Univ. Corp. of Atmos. Res. (UCAR), Board of Trustees. 1990-94
  • Member, Executive Committee, Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate. National Research Council. 1989-96
  • Editor’s Citation for Outstanding Referee for JGR, American Geophysical Union. 1985
  • Member, Editorial Board, Climate Dynamics. 1984-
  • Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for NASA. 1983
  • Exceptional Performance Award (NASA/GSFC). 1982
  • Outstanding Performance Rating by NASA/GLAS. 1982
  • Outstanding Performance Rating by NASA/GLAS. 1981
  • Associate Editor, Journal Geophysical Research. 1979-84
  • Outstanding Publication Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research. 1975

Selected Publications

  • Books:

    • Crowley & North, 1991, Paleoclimatology, Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 339p.

    • Schmandt, North, Clarkson, (Eds), 2012: The Impact of Global Warming on Texas; 2nd Ed., Univ. of Texas Press, Austin, 318p. First Edition, 1995.

    • North & Erukhimova, 2009: Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Elementary Physics and Chemistry, 2009: Cambridge Univ. Press, UK, 267p.

    • North, G. R., 2020: The Rise of Climate Science, a Memoir by Gerald R. North, Texas A&M Press, in press, to appear May, 2020. 

    Refereed Papers (four most cited, as of 1/29/20, Web of Science):

    • North, F. J. Moeng, T. J. Bell and R. F. Cahalan, 1982: Sampling Errors in the Estimation of Empirical Orthogonal Functions. Mon. Wea. Rev., 110, 699-706. Citations: 2008 (Web of Science)

    • Kummerow, …27 authors, G. North, 2000: The status of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) after Two Years in Orbit., J. Appl., Meteorol., 39, 1965-1982. Citations: 825, Web of Science).

    • Simpson, J., R. F. Adler and G. R. North, 1988: Proposed Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Satellite.  Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 69, 278-295. Citations: 650 (Web of Science).

    • North, G. R, R. F. Cahalan and J. A. Coakley, 1981: Energy-Balance Climate Models.  Rev. Geophys. Sp. Phys., 19, 91-121. Citations: 373.  (Web of Science).

    More publications on Google Scholar, Publons, Web of Science.