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2003-44 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2003

NCAR Scientist Tom Wigley Honored as AAAS Fellow


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
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E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER—Tom Wigley, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his major contributions to climate and carbon-cycle modeling and to climate data analysis. A complete list of this year’s fellows appears today in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science.

A mathematical physicist with a doctorate from the University of Adelaide in Australia, Wigley is one of the world's foremost experts on climate change and one of the most highly cited scientists in the discipline. He has published on a diverse collection of topics in climatology including data analysis; climate impacts on agriculture and water resources; paleoclimatology; and modelling of climate, sea level, and the carbon cycle. He has served as lead author in each of the six major scientific reviews of the greenhouse problem.

"I count myself lucky in having been able to follow my curiosity—which explains why my work has spanned a number of disciplines—and produce some work that has relevance to society,” Wigley says. “More importantly, I have been able to work with a lot of clever people in different areas."

Wigley came to NCAR in 1993 and was appointed a senior scientist one year later. Before coming to NCAR, he was director of the Climatic Research Unit in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom. He also taught courses in applied mathematics, statistics, air pollution, and meteorology in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

The AAAS has honored 348 members as fellows this year for their “efforts to advance science or applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” New fellows will receive official certificates and rosette pins at an award ceremony on February 14 at the 2004 AAAS annual meeting in Seattle.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS works to advance science for human well-being through projects, programs, and publications in the areas of science policy, science education, and international scientific cooperation.

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