Narragansett, R.I. -- August 4, 1999 -- URI Graduate School of Oceanography
(GSO) professor of physical oceanography Hans Thomas Rossby was
recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. One of the
oldest honorary learned societies in the country, the Academy recognizes
men and women who are making leading contributions to every profession
and scholarly discipline.
On October 2, 1999, the Academy will hold its annual Induction Ceremony
at the House of the Academy in Cambridge when the 180 elected fellows for
1999 will be inducted into the 4 classes and 22 sections of Academy membership.
Rossby will be honored for his work in physical science. Other noted fellows
elected for 1999 include Calvin Trillin, Garrison Keillor, Mikhail Baryshnikov,
Robert Altman, and Meryl Streep.
A resident of Narragansett, Rossby has been a professor of oceanography
at GSO since 1975. He specializes the dynamics of ocean currents with special
interest in the Gulf Stream and the circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean.
He also invented the RAFOS float, a cylindrical instrument that is deployed
in the ocean at various depths to measure water temperature, water pressure,
and current speeds. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and
the American Meteorological Society and a member of Sigma Xi and The Oceanography
Society. He received a B.S. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden
and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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