Prof. Carl-Gustaf Rossby was the founder of
the study of meteorology and physical oceanography at MIT, where he was appointed to the
faculty in the Department of Aeronautics in 1928. This group later developed into the
first Department of Meteorology in an academic institution in the United States, and which
was the direct ancestor of PAOC. Rossby is remembered as one of the major figures in the
founding of the modern dynamical study of the atmosphere and ocean: his name is recalled
ubiquitously in Rossby waves, the Rossby number, and the Rossby radius of deformation, all
ideas fundamental to the understanding of all planetary scale fluids.
In honor of Rossby's many contributions both to science generally,
and MIT in particular, PAOC each year awards the Carl-Gustaf Rossby
Award for the best PhD
thesis done the preceding year within PAOC. The Prize includes a cash award and a
certificate. Nominations for the prize are made by PAOC faculty, and a special committee
makes the final choice.
here to read about Rossby's
science and life.