Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kerry Emanuel joined the faculty of MIT, his alma mater, in 1981 after three years on the UCLA faculty. His research focuses on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. His books include Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes (Oxford University Press, 2005), and What We Know about Climate Change (MIT Press, 2007). Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, he is a co-director of MIT’s Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic, curiosity-driven climate research.