The Victor Starr Lectures

Prof. Victor P. Starr was at MIT from 1937-1972, and from 1947 as a faculty member. He had extremely broad interests in the general areas of atmosphere, ocean and planets. Prof. Starr is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in understanding from observations the physics that actually sustains the atmospheric general circulation. He is reputed to have supervised more PhD theses in meteorology than anyone else in the history of MIT.

Upon Starr's death in 1974, the Department established the Victor P. Starr Lectureship. Each year, usually in October, a prominent outside scientist is invited to present a major lecture in some area that was of interest to Starr. Because Starr's interests were so wide, speakers have ranged over most aspects of earth and planetary atmospheres, and the oceans. The speaker for each year is chosen by a faculty committee in consultation with all members of PAOC.

 

 

Past Starr Lecturers:

2010 David Marshall On the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current
2008 Geoff Vallis Science in the Age of Models:  Is Theory Still Relevant in Climate Research?
2007 Prof. George Philander
 
Global Warming from an African Perspective
2006 Richard Alley Fraying at the Edges--Ice Sheets, Climate and Sea Level
2005 Prof. Friedrich Schott Tropical-subtropical Interactions in the Oceans
2004 Prof. Meinrat O. Andreae Aerosols, Clouds, and Climate:  Does a Cooler Past Imply a Hotter (and Maybe Drier) Future?
2003 Prof. Lance Bosart The Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones
2002 Dr. Kirk Bryan The Search for a Perfect Ocean Model: 1960 - 2020
2001 Prof Raymond Hide The Spinning Earth
2000 Prof. Michael Bender  Role of the Biosphere in Ice Age Climate Change
1999  Prof. Dr. Paul Crutzen  The Major Role of the Tropics in Atmospheric Chemistry: The Need for Strong Research Efforts
1998  Dr. Joseph Tribbia  The Quality and Uncertainty of Meteorological Analyses: Implications Regarding our Knowledge of the Atmosphere and How Accurately we can Predict its Future 
1997  Prof. Klaus Hasselmann  Long-term Climate Change and Short-term Mitigation Strategies: the Dilemma of Optimizing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
1996  Dr. Fred Sanders  Atmospheric fronts
1995  Dr. Joseph Pedlosky  The Architecture of Venice and Ocean Circulation Theory
1994  Dr. Eugene Rasmusson  The Global Hydrological Cycle: An Atmospheric Perspective
1993  Dr. Jose Pinto Peixoto  Entropy and the Climate System 
1992  Dr. John Imbrie  On the Structure and Origin of Major Glaciation Cycles
1991  Dr. Syukuro Manabe  Modeling Study of Glacial Climates 
1990  Dr. William R. Holland  Ocean Circulation Modeling - Past, Present, and Future
1989  Prof. Brian Hoskins  The Dynamics of Storm-Tracks 
1988  Dr. Abraham H. Oort  On Unity and Diversity in the Climatic System
1987  Prof. Edward N. Lorenz  The Ideal Hadley Circulation: Fundamental Flow or Fairy Tale?
1986  Dr. Walter H. Munk  Ships from Space 
1985  Dr. Michael McIntyre  Some Key Concepts in Atmospheric Dynamics
1984  Dr. Henry M. Stommel  An Elementary Vortex Heat Engine 
1983  Prof. Richard J. Reed  The Evolving View of the Extratropical Cyclone
1982  Dr. Robert E. Dickinson  A View of Progress in Understanding Atmospheric Planetary Waves over the Last Quarter Century
1981  Prof. Jule G. Charney  Prof. Charney passed away before the lecture was delivered.
1980  Prof. John M. Wallace  The Southern Oscillation
1979  Prof. Verner E. Suomi  Venus Greenhouse Effect According to Pioneer Probes
1978  Prof. George W. Platzman  The ENIAC Calculation of 1950 and 1951

 

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