Curriculum Vitae (brief version)


  • B.Sc., Physics, 1967, University of British Columbia.
  • M.Sc., Physics, 1969, University of Toronto.
  • Ph.D., Physics, 1971, University of Toronto. 
    Thesis: "Thermal Stability of non-Boussinesq Configurations" 
    Supervisor: Professor C.O. Hines


  • present appointment - University Professor, 1993-present
  • date of appointment to graduate school - 1973
  • date of tenure award - 1977
  • Lecturer, 1971-72, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
  • Visiting Fellow, 1972-73, CIRES, University of Colorado
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, 1973-74, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
  • Consultant, Summer 1974, CIRES-INSTAAR, University of Colorado
  • Assistant Professor, 1974-77, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
  • Consultant, Summer 1975, CIRES-INSTAAR, University of Colorado
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Spring 1976, Geophysics and Space Physics, U.C.L.A.
  • Associate Professor, 1977-79, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
  • Visiting Professor, Spring 1978, Geophysics and Space Physics, U.C.L.A.
  • Steacie Fellowship Leave, 1978-79, NCAR, Boulder, Colorado
  • Guggenheim Fellowship Leave, 1987-1988, DAMTP and Bullard Laboratories, Cambridge University, U.K.
  • Full Professor, 1979-1993, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
  • Sabattical Leave, 2002-2003, Professeur Invité, Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université Paris VII
  • Professor Invité, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Université Paris VII, summer 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, July 2005- continuing


  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1977-1979
  • E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship of NSERC, 1978-1980
  • Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America, 1980
  • Killam Senior Research Fellowship of the Canada Council, 1980-82
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 1986-
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1986-
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1986-1988
  • Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, U.K., 1988-
  • Cecil and Ida Green Fellow, UC San Diego, 1988 (Declined in favour of Cambridge sabbatical)
  • Lady Margaret Lecturer, and Norman Sosnow Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Christs College, Cambridge, Fall Term 1988
  • Senior Fellow of Massey College, U. Toronto, 1989-
  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, 1991-
  • Patterson Medal of the Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada (DOE), 1992
  • University Professor, University of Toronto, 1993-
  • IUGG Union Lecturer - Boulder, Colorado General Assembly, 1995
  • Walter H. Elsasser Memorial Lecturer, John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1996
  • Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Univ. Bristol, England, 1996
  • Presidents Lecture, IAMAS/IAPSO General Assembly, Melbourne, Australia, 1997
  • H. Burr Steinback Visiting Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Summer 1997.
  • Climate Center Visiting Scholar, LDEO, Columbia University, 1998.
  • Sloan Foundation Lecturer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass., 1998.
  • Distinguished Lecturer of the Canadian Geophysical Union, 1999-2000. (Gave a total of 20 lectures at Canadian Universities in the period October 1999 through March 2000).
  • R.F. Flint Lecturer, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2001.
  • Science Watch listing as the fifth most highly cited Earth Scientist internationally in the decade 1991-2001 (based upon analysis of the Highly Cited project (Science Watch magazine, volume 12, no. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2001); this included analysis of all Earth science disciplines; geology, geophysics, atmospheric science, oceanography, etc.).
  • IAMAS “Sushi Lecturer”, IUGG General Assembly, Sapporo, Japan, 2003.
  • Elected as Foreign Member to Fellowship in the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2004
  • Bancroft Award of the Royal Society of Canada, 2004
  • J. Tuzo Wilson Medal of the Canadian Geophysical Union, 2004
  • Vetlesen Prize of the G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation, 2004
  • Leiv Erikson Fellow, Norwegian Research Council, Bjerknes Institute for Climate Research, Univ. of Bergen, 2006
  • Miroslaw Romanowski Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, 2006
  • DSc, honoris causa, The University of Waterloo, 2007
  • Milutin Milankovic Medal of the European Geosciences Union, 2008
  • Canadian Association of Physicists Gold Medal for Achievement in Physics, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Association of Physicists;
  • Canadian Geophysical Union - Past President;
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society;
  • Royal Astronomical Society - Fellow;
  • Royal Meteorological Society - Fellow;
  • European Geophysical Union;
  • American Geophysical Union - Elected Fellow;
  • American Meteorological Society - Elected Fellow;
  • Geological Society of America.

Current Secondary Appointments

  • Associate Editor of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • American Geophysical Union Global Environmental Change Committee
  • Principal Investigator of the CFCAS funded Polar Climate Stability Research Network
  • Director of the University of Toronto Centre for Global Change Science
  • Scientific Director of the SciNet facility for High Performance Computation