- Erik Palmén
Erik Herbert Palmén (
August 31, 1898, Vaasa, Finland- March 19, 1985) was the most famous researcher of meteorologyin Finland. He worked together with Vilhelm Bjerkneswith theory on cyclones and weather fronts and was intimately involved in explaining the dynamics of the jet streamin University of Chicagoin so called Chicago school of meteorology (started by Carl-Gustaf Rossby). He was also respected for his analysis of data collected by radiosondes; his preprocessed and quality checked datasets were widely used by other researchers. Palmen was a multisided researcher who published articles in meteorology, geophysicsand oceanography. The 1969 book by Palmen and Chester W. Newton, "Atmospheric Circulation Systems: Their Structure and Interpretation", is still used as lecture material in the universities around the world.
Palmen was the director of
Finnish Institute of Marine Research, a professor in Helsinki Universityand a member of the Finnish Academy of Arts and Letters. His nickname by students, friends and colleagues was "Maestro" and he was well known for his passion for cigars and interest of effects of weather on agriculture.
Palmen received the
Buys-Ballot Medailleof Royal Dutch Academyin 1964. Then, when enough computing power was available and the first steps of numerical weather predictionwere taken, the value of work done by the Chicago School 10-20 years earlier was really appreciated.
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