Meteorologists

Where do the weather reports and predictions come from? They come froma group of people who study the weather and its patterns to warn you about when you will need that umbrella. Meteorologists’ study and analyse weather conditions by using weather reports from the upper atmosphere, land and sea. Computerized and mathematical models have significant role in the prediction of weather by meteorologists. Organizations like transport services, armed forces, media and insurance companies employ meteorologists. Before they provide weather forecasts, meteorologists collect weather related data from radar, remote sensors, satellite images and weather stations. After that, they measure factors like temperature, humidity and air pressure in atmosphere. They also transmit their analysed data over international networks. The work of broadcast meteorologists includes interpreting and reporting weather condition for various types of media. Research meteorologists work for different government agencies. However not all of them work at weather stations, many of them meteorologists are employed by colleges and universities. One very interesting branch of this science is that of a forensic meteorologists which includes investigating claims for insurance companies on past weather. Consulting meteorologists serve to provide specialized information to private and public sectors. Climate meteorologists analyse long term weather pattern to predict weather report. Meteorological study has great importance on agriculture, air pollution, aviation, forestry, marine operations and conditions like ozone depletion and global warming. What follow are the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous meteorologists.

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 1 Jim Cantore

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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon Falls, Connecticut, USA
Best known for his long stint on The Weather Channel, meteorologist Jim Cantore has gained fame for making his weather reports interesting to even a lay person. He has hosted weather segments for the 2012 Summer Olympics and is also known for his authentic storm reports, which have often become viral.

 2 Piers Corbyn

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chippenham, Wiltshire, England

 3 James Glaisher

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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, England
Died: February 7, 1903

Renowned meteorologist and aeronaut James Glaisher was a pioneer of balloon flights and had penned the iconic book Travels in the Air. He had also contributed to the formation of the Meteorological Society and the Aeronautical Society of Britain. The 2019 movie The Aeronauts depicts his exploits as a balloonist.

 4 Reed Timmer

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Birthdate: March 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
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 5 Matthew Fontaine Maury

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Died: February 1, 1873

 6 Helen Willetts

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chester, England
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 7 Edward Norton Lorenz

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 16, 2008
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 8 Piers Sellers

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Famous As: Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: April 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crowborough
Died: December 23, 2016
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 9 Wilson Bentley

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Famous As: Farmer, Photographer, Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jericho
Died: December 23, 1931

 10 Ted Fujita

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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Died: November 19, 1998
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 11 Lewis Fry Richardson

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Famous As: Paramedic, Cartographer, Mathematician, Psychologist, Physicist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: October 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne
Died: September 30, 1953

British physicist, meteorologist, mathematician, psychologist and pacifist Lewis Fry Richardson was the first to apply modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting to predict weather accurately. He also pioneered the use of similar methods in studying reasons of wars and the way to stop them. He proposed the iterative method called modified Richardson iteration for solving a system of linear equations.

 12 G. I. Taylor

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Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Mathematician, Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 7, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: England
Died: June 27, 1975

G. I. Taylor was a British physicist and mathematician. He was a key figure in fluid dynamics and wave theory. He worked on the development of supersonic aircraft while serving on the Aeronautical Research Committee. Counted among the most notable scientists of the 20th century, he was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Franklin Medal. 

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 13 Antonio de Ulloa

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Famous As: Astronomer, Explorer, Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 12, 1716
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville
Died: July 3, 1795

Spanish mariner Antonio de Ulloa was sent by the government to explore America and ended up being captured by the British while returning. His scientific zeal made him a Fellow of the Royal Society there. He is remembered for his metallurgical, astronomical, and geographical discoveries and treatises.

 14 William Morris Davis

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Famous As: Geographer, Geologist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 5, 1934
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 15 Andrija Mohorovičić

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opatija
Died: December 18, 1936

 16 Charles Thomson Rees Wilson

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Midlothian, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1959

Scottish physicist, meteorologist and Nobel Laureate Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is noted for inventing the cloud chamber particle detector, also referred to as Wilson cloud chamber, used for visualizing the passage of ionizing radiation. It played a significant role in the area of experimental particle physics between the 1920s and 1950s.

 17 James Stagg

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: June 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: June 23, 1975

 18 Thomas Corwin Mendenhall

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanoverton, Ohio, United States
Died: March 23, 1924

 19 Vilhelm Bjerknes

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: April 9, 1951

 20 Wang Chong

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: 0027 AD
Birthplace: Shangyu District, Shaoxing, China
Died: 0100 AD

 21 Angelo Secchi

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: June 28, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Died: February 26, 1878

A pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, Italian Jesuit priest and astronomer Angelo Secchi was among the first scientists who authoritatively stated that the Sun is a star. Notable contributions of Secchi, who served as director of the observatory at the Roman College for nearly three decades, includes discovering three comets and solar spicules; and inventing Secchi disk, heliospectrograph and telespectroscope.

 22 William Ferrel

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 29, 1817
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 18, 1891

Though mostly self-taught, William Ferrel grew up to be a school teacher and later joined the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. He was later part of the U.S. Army’s Signal Service and is best remembered for his meteorological research and his explanation of the deflection of air currents on Earth.

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 23 Tomàs Molina

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Famous As: Meteorologist, Journalist, Writer, Television presenter, Physicist
Birthdate: September 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Badalona

TV3 weather presenter Tomàs Molina is a renowned meteorologist who heads Televisión de Cataluña’s meteorology department and is also associated with the Catalan channels Canal Méteo and Teletiempo. The IABM vice president has authored several books and won the Spain Zapping Award for the Best TV Personality in 2012.

 24 Jacob Bjerknes

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: November 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: July 7, 1975
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 25 Qin Jiushao

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1202 AD
Birthplace: Puzhou, China
Died: 1261 AD

Chinese mathematician, meteorologist, and writer Qin Jiushao is remembered for developing a method to solve simultaneous linear equations and polynomial equations, mentioned in detail in his only book, Shushu jiuzhang. Though he became the Qiongzhou governor, he was later dismissed for corruption. He had also initially served the army.

 26 Cleveland Abbe

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1916

 27 George Hadley

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 12, 1685
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 28, 1768

 28 Jule Gregory Charney

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 16, 1981
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 29 Rudolf Geiger

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: August 24, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Erlangen, Germany
Died: January 22, 1981

 30 Léon Teisserenc de Bort

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1913
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 31 Harald Sverdrup

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Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: November 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sogndal Municipality, Norway
Died: August 21, 1957

 32 C. H. D. Buys Ballot

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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: October 10, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kloetinge, Netherlands
Died: February 3, 1890

 33 Carl-Gustaf Rossby

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 19, 1957

 34 Vincent Schaefer

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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: July 25, 1993

 35 Horace Bénédict de Saussure

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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 22, 1799

 36 Jean-André Deluc

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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 8, 1727
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 7, 1817

 37 Bert Bolin

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nyköping, Sweden
Died: December 30, 2007

 38 Balfour Stewart

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 1, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 19, 1887

 39 Napier Shaw

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 4, 1854
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: March 23, 1945

 40 John Aitken

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: September 18, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died: November 14, 1919

 41 Tor Bergeron

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: August 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godstone, Surrey, England
Died: June 13, 1977

 42 Robert Emden

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Famous As: Astrophysicist
Birthdate: March 4, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: October 8, 1940

 43 Thomas Stewart Traill

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orkney, Scotland
Died: July 30, 1862

 44 James Pollard Espy

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westmorland County, Canada
Died: January 24, 1860

 45 Sverre Petterssen

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hadsel, Norway
Died: December 31, 1974

 46 George James Symons

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: August 6, 1838
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 10, 1900

 47 Alexander Buchan

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: April 11, 1829
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: May 13, 1907

 48 Hugh Robert Mill

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Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: May 28, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thurso, Scotland
Died: April 5, 1950

 49 William Henry Dines

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: August 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 24, 1927

 50 Jerome Namias

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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 10, 1997
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