Syukuro Manabe

Senior meteorologist at the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Syukuro Manabe

Syukuro Manabe (Japan/US) is a meteorologist who pioneered the use of computers to simulate global climate change and natural climate variations.

In 2021 Syukuro Manabewas awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex systems (...) for the physical modelling of Earth's climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming" (jointly to Klaus Hasselmann).

He is currently a senior meteorologist at the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Princeton University. Working at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), first in Washington, D.C. and later in Princeton, New Jersey, he worked with director Joseph Smagorinsky to develop three-dimensional models of the atmosphere.

Syukuro Manabe first came to the United States to work at the General Circulation Research Section of the U.S. Weather Bureau, now the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of NOAA, continuing until 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he worked at the Frontier Research System for Global Change in Japan serving as Director of the Global Warming Research Division.

He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, and a foreign member of Japan Academy, Academia Europaea and the Royal Society of Canada. In 1992, Syukuro Manabe was the first recipient of the Blue Planet Prize of the Asahi Glass Foundation. In 1997 he was awarded the Volvo Environmental Prize from the Volvo Environmental Foundation. He has also been honored with the American Meteorological Society’s Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the American Geophysical Union’s Revelle Medal, and the Milutin Milankovitch Medal from the European Geophysical Society.

Dr. Syukuro Manabe received a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1958