James O'Brien has been a Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of meteorology and oceanography at Florida State University, Fla, USA, since 1999. He has obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1957; his M.S. degree in meteorology from the same university in 1964; and his Ph.D. degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University in 1966. He was granted various honors from different honorary societies such as AAAS, AGU, AMS, RMS, OSJ, SIAM, and SX. Some of those honors include the Medal of Honor from Liege University, Belgium, in 1978; the Sverdrup Gold Medal in Air-Sea Interaction in 1987 from the ONR; the Medal of Honor from the Ocean University of Quinado, China, in 1999. Professor O'Brien was assigned as a Fellow at the American Meteorological Society in 1981; and as a Fellow at the Royal Meteorological Society in 1983. Then, he was appointed as the Secretary of Navy Professor in oceanography in 1985. Moreover, he was a Fellow at the American Geophysical Union in 1987, and a Fellow at the AAAS in 1998. Afterwards, he was the Distinguished Ocean Educator in 1989; then a Distinguished Research Professor at the FSU in 1991; a Foreign Fellow at the Russian Academy of Natural Science in 1994. Additionally, he was a Florida State Climatologist in 1999; a Member at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2000; a Member at the Rutgers Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002.
Biography Updated on 31 August 2008