Meteorologists

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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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Gregor Mendel
(Know for Creating the science of Genetics)
Gregor Mendel
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Birthdate: July 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hynčice, Vražné, Czechia
Died: January 6, 1884

A scientist, meteorologist, mathematician, and biologist, Gregor Mendel is considered the founder of the modern science of genetics. He conducted a series of experiments on pea plants between 1856 and 1863, establishing many rules of heredity. Besides his work on pea plants, he also described novel plant species and conducted experiments with hawkweed and honeybees.

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Alfred Wegener
(German Climatologist and Geophysicist Known for His 'Continental Drift Theory')
Alfred Wegener
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Birthdate: November 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 1, 1930

In the early 1900s, meteorologist Alfred Wegener did not find too many takers for his theory that all the continents of the world had initially been a single mass named Pangaea and that continental drift had caused them to split apart. Wegener died on his fourth expedition in Greenland.

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Jim Cantore
(American Meteorologist Best Known as an On-Air Personality for 'The Weather Channel')
Jim Cantore
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Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon Falls, Connecticut, United States
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.
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James Glaisher
(Meteorologists)
James Glaisher
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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.

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Piers Corbyn
(English Weather Forecaster Who Is a COVID-19 Conspiracy Theorist and an Anti-Vaxxer)
Piers Corbyn
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Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chippenham, Wiltshire, England

English weather forecaster Piers Corbyn, who owned the weather-monitoring business WeatherAction, became quite infamous for his conspiracy theories regarding COVID-19. The brother of former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, he is a prominent anti-vaxxer and was once fined for calling NHS workers in London “murderers.”

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Edward Norton Lorenz
(US Meteorologist and Mathematician Who Proposed the 'Chaos Theory')
Edward Norton Lorenz
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Birthdate: May 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 16, 2008

US meteorologist and mathematician Edward Norton Lorenz is remembered for proposing concepts such as the chaos theory/deterministic chaos and the butterfly effect. He also laid down the Lorenz 96 model. The Kyoto Prize winner was associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology throughout his research career.

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Reed Timmer
(US Storm Chaser and Meteorologist Known for His Show Storm Chasers)
Reed Timmer
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Birthdate: March 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grand Rapids

US extreme meteorologist and storm chaser Reed Timmer soared to fame with his Discovery Channel show Storm Chasers. He is also popular on Facebook and YouTube, where he posts videos of tornadoes, hurricanes, and cyclones. He has previously worked for AccuWeather and KFOR-TV.

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Helen Willetts
(British Meteorologist Who Is Best Known for Her Work with Various BBC Channels)
Helen Willetts
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Birthdate: February 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chester, England

British meteorologist Helen Willetts has been a known face on various BBC channels, such as BBC World News, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 2. Considered one of the sexiest presenters on TV by the media, this TRIC Award-winning weather presenter has also played badminton for Wales internationally.

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Ted Fujita
(Japanese-American Meteorologist Who Designed the 'Fujita Scale')
Ted Fujita
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Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
Died: November 19, 1998

Japanese-American meteorologist Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, also known as Ted Fujita, is remembered for his research on severe weather. He devised the Fujita Scale, or F-Scale, for measuring the intensity of tornadoes. In his later life, he was associated with the faculty of the University of Chicago.

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Piers Sellers
(British-American Astronaut and Meteorologist)
Piers Sellers
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Birthdate: April 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crowborough
Died: December 23, 2016

Starting his career with NASA as a research meteorologist, Piers Sellers later became a NASA astronaut. The British-American astronaut and climate scientist was a Space Shuttle mission expert and had visited the International Space Station thrice. He also appeared in the documentary Before the Flood, partially produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Owen Daniels
(US Meteorologist and Former American Football Player)
Owen Daniels
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Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naperville, Illinois, United States

US meteorologist Owen Daniels is also a former American football player. A tight-end, he has been a Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos. He has also represented the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens. He is now mostly seen on TV, discussing the impact of weather conditions on American football.

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Wilson Bentley
(First Known Person to Take Detailed Photographs of Snowflakes)
Wilson Bentley
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Birthdate: February 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jericho, Vermont, United States
Died: December 23, 1931

Popularly known as Snowflake Bentley, US meteorologist and photographer Wilson Bentley had taken the world’s first detailed photographs of snowflakes and had thus pioneered snowflake photomicrography. He thus laid the foundation of the study of atmospheric ice crystal formation. Hailing from a farming family, he spent his entire life on his farm.

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Paul J. Crutzen
(Dutch Meteorologist, Atmospheric Chemist and Winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Paul J. Crutzen
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Birthdate: December 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 28, 2021

Nobel Prize-winning Dutch atmospheric chemist Paul J. Crutzen had initially been a civil engineer and a computer programmer. He is remembered for his contribution to research on the ozone layer. In 2000, he used the term Anthropocene to describe the current era where human action has been changing the planet.

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William Morris Davis
(American Geographer, Geologist. Meteorologist, and Geomorphologist)
William Morris Davis
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Birthdate: February 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 5, 1934

William Morris Davis was an American geologist, geographer, meteorologist, and geomorphologist. Often referred to as the father of American geography, Davis is credited with founding the Association of American Geographers. He is also remembered for his association with the Geological Society of America, where he served as the president. In 1919, he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Gold Medal.

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Lewis Fry Richardson
(Former Mathematician, physicist, meteorologist noted for his pioneering work concerning fractals and a method for solving a system of linear equations known as modified Richardson iteration)
Lewis Fry Richardson
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Birthdate: October 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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.

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Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
(Scottish Physicist, Meteorologist and Winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
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Birthdate: February 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glencorse, 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.

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Andrija Mohorovičić
(Meteorologist)
Andrija Mohorovičić
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Birthdate: January 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opatija
Died: December 18, 1936
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Syukuro Manabe
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese-American Meteorologist Known for His Research on Climate Change)
Syukuro Manabe
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Birthdate: September 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uma, Ehime, Japan

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese-origin American meteorologist Syukuro Manabe is a pioneering figure in the use of computers to stimulate climate change. He also conducted research on the prediction of global warming. He has been associated with the faculty of both the Princeton and Nagoya universities. He also received the Japanese Order of Culture.

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Antonio de Ulloa
(Astronomer, Explorer, Meteorologist)
Antonio de Ulloa
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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.

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James Stagg
(Meteorologist)
James Stagg
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Birthdate: June 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: June 23, 1975
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Vilhelm Bjerknes
(Norwegian Physicist and Meteorologist Known for Being One of the Founders of the Modern Science of Weather Forecasting)
Vilhelm Bjerknes
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Birthdate: March 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Christiania, Norway
Died: April 9, 1951

Vilhelm Bjerknes was a Norwegian meteorologist and physicist who is counted among the pioneers of the present-day practice of weather forecasting. The primitive equations, which are used today in numerical climate modeling and weather prediction, were formulated by him. Vilhelm Bjerknes also developed the Bergen School of Meteorology, which played a major role in advancing meteorology in the early-20th century.

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Wang Chong
(Meteorologist)
Wang Chong
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Birthdate: 0027 AD
Birthplace: Shangyu District, Shaoxing, China
Died: 0100 AD
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William Ferrel
(American Meteorologist Who Developed Theories That Explained the 'Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Circulation Cell')
William Ferrel
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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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Angelo Secchi
(Italian Jesuit Priest and Astrophysicist, Who Made the First Survey of the Spectra of Stars)
Angelo Secchi
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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.

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Tomàs Molina
(Meteorologist, Journalist, Writer, Television presenter, Physicist)
Tomàs Molina
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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.

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Thomas Corwin Mendenhall
(US Physicist and Meteorologist Remembered for His Pioneering Research on Gravity Measurement)
Thomas Corwin Mendenhall
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Birthdate: October 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanoverton, Ohio, United States
Died: March 23, 1924

US physicist and meteorologist Thomas Corwin Mendenhall is remembered for pioneering the use of the ring pendulum for the measurement of absolute gravity. He taught at the Ohio State University, the US Signal Corps, and the Tokyo Imperial University. He also developed the weather service of Ohio.

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Qin Jiushao
(Mathematician)
Qin Jiushao
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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.

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Cleveland Abbe
(US Meteorologist Who Helped Develop the US Weather Bureau)
Cleveland Abbe
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Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1916

US meteorologist Cleveland Abbe, who proposed the use of time zones, was also known for his contribution to the development of the US Weather Bureau, or the National Weather Service, through his daily weather maps and forecasts. Initially an astronomer, he also served as the director of the Cincinnati (Ohio) Observatory.

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Jacob Bjerknes
(Norwegian-American Meteorologist)
Jacob Bjerknes
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Birthdate: November 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: July 7, 1975

Jacob Bjerknes was a Norwegian American meteorologist known for his works on the dynamics of the polar front and the mechanism for north-south heat transport. He was the son of meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes. Jacob Bjerknes began his career working under his father and later pursued an academic career. He was a recipient of the Royal Meteorological Society’s Symons Gold Medal. 

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George Hadley
(British Physicist and Meteorologist Who Conducted Extensive Research on Trade-Wind Currents)
George Hadley
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Birthdate: February 12, 1685
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 28, 1768

Though he was initially educated in law, George Hadley gained fame as a physicist and meteorologist. He is remembered for his extensive research on trade-wind currents and for devising a theory describing trade winds and the north-south circulation pattern, which is now known as the Hadley cell.

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Jule Gregory Charney
(US Meteorologist Who Developed Numerical Weather Prediction)
Jule Gregory Charney
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Birthdate: January 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 16, 1981

US meteorologist Jule Gregory Charney is remembered for his pioneering work on modern dynamical meteorology. He developed numerical weather prediction. Starting as a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he later headed the meteorology department at the same institute. His work won him honors such as the Hodgkins Medal.

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C. H. D. Buys Ballot
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Birthdate: October 10, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kloetinge, Netherlands
Died: February 3, 1890
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Léon Teisserenc de Bort
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Birthdate: November 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1913
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Rudolf Geiger
(Meteorologist)
Rudolf Geiger
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Birthdate: August 24, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Erlangen, Germany
Died: January 22, 1981
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Harald Sverdrup
(Oceanographer)
Harald Sverdrup
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Birthdate: November 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sogndal Municipality, Norway
Died: August 21, 1957

Harald Sverdrup was a Norwegian oceanographer and meteorologist who served as president of the International Association of Physical Oceanography. He was also director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He was the author of many books, including his magnum opus The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry, and General Biology. He was a recipient of the William Bowie Medal. 

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Horace Bénédict de Saussure
(Genevan Geologist and Physicist Who Developed an Improved Hygrometer to Measure Atmospheric Humidity)
Horace Bénédict de Saussure
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Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 22, 1799

Apart from being a geologist and physicist, Horace Bénédict de Saussure was also a skilled mountaineer and Alpine explorer. Initially a professor of philosophy and physics, he later became one of the earliest user of the word geology. Of his many inventions, the most prominent was his version of the hygrometer.

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Vincent Schaefer
(US Chemist and Meteorologist Who Developed 'Cloud Seeding')
Vincent Schaefer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: July 25, 1993

US chemist and meteorologist Vincent Schaefer is remembered for his pioneering studies on the physics of precipitation. He developed cloud seeding, a weather modification system, using dry ice pellets. He taught at the State University of New York and was later named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Carl-Gustaf Rossby
(American Meteorologist Who First Explained the Large-Scale Motions of the Atmosphere in Terms of Fluid Mechanicsgist)
Carl-Gustaf Rossby
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Birthdate: December 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 19, 1957

Carl-Gustaf Rossby was a Swedish-born American meteorologist. He played an important role during the Second World War, organizing the training of military meteorologists. Over the course of his career, Carl-Gustaf Rossby was honored with many prestigious awards such as the Applied Meteorology Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1959.

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Jean-André Deluc
(Swiss Geologist, Natural Philosopher and Meteorologist)
Jean-André Deluc
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Birthdate: February 8, 1727
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 7, 1817

Copley Medal-winning geologist and meteorologist Jean-André Deluc had initially studied math and natural sciences, before embarking on business tours across Europe. In course of time, he gathered a huge collection of fossils and minerals. His research areas included the mercury barometer. He was later named a fellow of the Royal Society.

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David Karoly
(Australian Atmospheric Scientist)
David Karoly
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Birthdate: July 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Bert Bolin
(Meteorologist)
Bert Bolin
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Birthdate: March 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nyköping, Sweden
Died: December 30, 2007
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Balfour Stewart
(Scottish Physicist and Meteorologist Known for His Studies of Terrestrial Magnetism and Radiant Heat)
Balfour Stewart
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Birthdate: November 1, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 19, 1887

Scottish meteorologist and geophysicist Balfour Stewart is best remembered for his research on radiant energy and terrestrial magnetism. Initially a trader, he later joined the Kew Observatory as an assistant and eventually became its director. The Unseen Universe remains one of his best-known written works.

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Napier Shaw
(British Meteorologist Who Introduced the Tephigram and the Millibar)
Napier Shaw
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Birthdate: March 4, 1854
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: March 23, 1945

Sir William Napier Shaw, better known as Napier Shaw, was a British meteorologist who devised the tephigram and the millibar. Apart from teaching physics at the University of Cambridge, he also headed the Royal Meteorological Society and the International Meteorological Committee. He also penned notable works such as Manual of Meteorology.

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John Aitken
(Scottish Meteorologist, Physicist and Marine Engineer Who Was One of the Founders of Cloud Physics and Aerosol Science)
John Aitken
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Birthdate: September 18, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died: November 14, 1919

British meteorologist and physicist John Aitken is best remembered for his research on the microscopic particles now known as the Aitken nuclei and their role in the condensation of water vapor. However, health issues kept him confined to his home laboratory and prevented him from taking up significant positions.

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Tor Bergeron
(Meteorologist)
Tor Bergeron
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Birthdate: August 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godstone, Surrey, England
Died: June 13, 1977
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Thomas Stewart Traill
(British Physician, Chemist, Meteorologist, Zoologist and Scholar of Medical Jurisprudence)
Thomas Stewart Traill
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Birthdate: October 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orkney, Scotland
Died: July 30, 1862

Thomas Stewart Traill had donned many hats. Initially a practicing physician, he was also interested in zoology and helped John James Audubon publish The Birds of America. He was also a chemist and a meteorologist and spent his life teaching at the University of Edinburgh. He also edited Encyclopædia Britannica’s 8th edition.

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Robert Emden
(Astrophysicist)
Robert Emden
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Birthdate: March 4, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: October 8, 1940
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James Pollard Espy
(US Meteorologist Known for His Work on the Thermodynamics of Cloud Formation)
James Pollard Espy
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Birthdate: May 9, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 24, 1860

US meteorologist James Pollard Espy developed the first known theory to explain the thermodynamics of cloud formation. He also made pioneering use of the telegraph to collect meteorological observations. He also served as a meteorologist for US War and Navy and penned the iconic book The Philosophy of Storms.

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Alexander Buchan
(Meteorologist)
Alexander Buchan
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Birthdate: April 11, 1829
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: May 13, 1907
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Sverre Petterssen
(Norwegian Meteorologist Who Specialized in Both Dynamic Meteorology)
Sverre Petterssen
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Birthdate: February 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hadsel, Norway
Died: December 31, 1974

Sverre Petterssen was a Norwegian meteorologist. He was well known for his work in the field of weather analysis and forecasting. He was a member of the Bergen School of Meteorology and worked as a weather officer in the Norwegian Air Force for many years. He served as a weather forecaster for bombing raids during World War II.