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Richard Lindzen, Ph.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Lindzen, Ph.D. is Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT.

He has made major contributions to the development of the current theory for the Hadley Circulation, which dominates the atmospheric transport of heat and momentum from the tropics to higher latitudes, and has advanced the understanding of the role of small scale gravity waves in producing the reversal of global temperature gradients at the mesopause, and provided accepted explanations for atmospheric tides and the quasi-biennial oscillation of the tropical stratosphere.

Lindzen is a recipient of the AMS's Meisinger, and Charney Awards, the AGU's Macelwane Medal, and the Leo Huss Walin Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He is a corresponding member of the NAS Committee on Human Rights, and has been a member of the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Council of the AMS.

He has also been a consultant to the Global Modeling and Simulation Group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Recent Articles and Publications

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December 16, 2020
By Richard Lindzen
The idea that there is an mean global temperature that can be measured and reported as if it represented a meaningful measure of temperature changes is misleading.
December 4, 2019
By Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer
Many internal and external factors impact the earth's temperature, its sensitivity to increases or declines in greenhouse gas levels it just one.
March 19, 2018
By William Happer, Richard Lindzen
Our understanding of climate and climate change is fraught with uncertainties but the best available evidence does not indicate catastrophe is in the offing.
October 15, 2013
By Richard Lindzen
Rent-seeking is undermining the value of climate science. As valuable as science is, it has always been problematic as an institution. All but the independently wealthy among scientists needed institutional homes requiring outside funding.

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