Skeptical Scientists who are Fellows of the American Meteorological Society (Working List/Resource)


The logo of the American Meteorological Society.

NOTE: As with all of my lists of this type, an asterisk is placed prior to a skeptical scientist’s name if they are deceased. There is also a section at the bottom indicating which skeptical scientists (if any) are recipients of that organization’s awards (or other any other notable organization that there will not be a list for’s awards).

The grand total, at the time of the last update, stands at 21 skeptical scientists who are fellows of the AMS.


The purpose of this resource is the same as all of my other resources of this type: to show that skeptical scientists (scientists who are skeptical of some part of the alarm raised about human-induced climate change/global warming or who support points raised by other skeptical scientists) are not anti-science and have actually contributed much to science, so much so that many have been honored by various professional scientific organizations, such as the NAS or the AGU, the AMS or the APS. It is not to say that I agree wholeheartedly with all of these scientists. I don’t. I simply think that it’s important to respond to slanderous accusations against scientists. This resource is focused on the AMS: American Meteorological Society, and which skeptical scientists are fellows of it. The criteria for such an honor is as follows:

Those eligible for election to Fellow shall have made outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences or their applications during a substantial period of years.

I include scientists who have at least 2 (but usually 3, and never more) of what I call “skeptic links”, a term that I use to describe webpages which demonstrate a scientist’s skepticism. Usually this includes a Skeptic Link 1, a Skeptic Link 2, and a Skeptic Link 3.

Usually Skeptic Link 1 is a “skeptic declaration” (as Jim Prall of the University of Toronto puts it, to describe lists of scientists who agree with a particular statement supporting skeptical arguments, such as the Leipzig Declaration) that the scientist is a signatory of or a link to Wikipedia, and while I don’t consider Wikipedia to be a reliable resource on everything, it does cite its sources which can be verified and I believe they do a good job, at least as regards to who they describe as skeptical.

Skeptic Link 2 a peer-reviewed paper supporting skeptical argument(s) by the scientist.

Finally, Skeptic Link 3 is an article by the scientist, usually in a newspaper or magazine, or, in the case that one cannot be found, a presentation by the scientist that supports at least one skeptical argument.

For a number of scientists on this list, exceptions have been made. They may have only one skeptic link, or more than one of Skeptic Link 1. The reasons for their inclusion are in the supplementary information.

The scientists which didn’t make it on this list for the reasons explained in the supplementary information are also included in the supplementary information.

As with all my working lists, it may be incomplete and reasonable new suggestions are welcome.


Some of the scientists from my other lists are on this one. The scientists’ names and links to their profiles on the AMS’ website are below, as well as links showing that they are in fact skeptical.

1. Dr. Richard S. Lindzen

2. Dr. John R. Christy

3. Joe D’Aleo

4. Dr. William M. Gray

5. *Dr. Robert Jastrow

6. Dr. Roger A. Pielke, Sr.

7. Dr. Judith A. Curry

8. Dr. Richard T. McNider

9. Dr. Reid A. Bryson

10. Dr. John S. Theon

11. Dr. Lennart O. Bengtsson

12. *Dr. James J. O’Brien

13. *Dr. William E. Reifsnyder

14. Dr. Benjamin M. Herman

15. Dr. Joanne Simpson

16. Dr. William R. Cotton

17. *Dr. Helmut E. Landsberg

18. *Dr. Klaus Wyrtki

19. Elliot Abrams

20. Dr. Neil L. Frank

21. Dr. Keith D. Hage



Dr. Lindzen and Dr. Pielke are recipients of the AMS’ Leroy Meisinger Award, which

is given to an individual in recognition of research achievement that is, at least in part, aerological in character and concerns the observation, theory, and modeling of atmospheric motions on all scales. The award is to be given to promising young or early-career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding ability.

Dr. Lindzen and Dr. Gray are both recipients of the AMS’ Jule G. Charney Award, which is

granted to individuals in recognition of highly significant research or development achievement in the atmospheric or hydrologic sciences.

Dr. Lindzen was the Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer at one of the AMS’ previous Annual Meetings, which requires that the person has made

significant contributions to the understanding of atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics, the circulation of the middle atmosphere, or the dynamics of climate.

Dr. Christy, Mr. D’Aleo, and Dr. Jastrow are all recipients of the AMS’ Special Award, which is given to individuals

who have made important contributions to the science or practice of meteorology or related aspects of oceanography or hydrology, or to the Society.

Dr. Gray is a recipient of the AMS’ Banner I. Miller Award, which

is presented for an outstanding contribution to the science of hurricane and tropical weather forecasting published in a journal with international circulation during the 48 months prior to the deadline for nominations.

Dr. Curry is a recipient of the AMS’ Henry G. Houghton Award, which is given for a

research achievement in the field of physical meteorology, including atmospheric chemistry.

and is

given to promising young or early-career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding ability.

Dr. Wyrtki and Dr. Nierenberg (though he was not elected a fellow of the AMS and thus isn’t on this list)  were both recipients of the AMS’ Sverdrup Gold Medal, which is

granted to researchers who make outstanding contributions to the scientific knowledge of interactions between the oceans and the atmosphere.

Dr. McNider is a recipient of the AMS’ Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology, which is

granted to an individual for contributions to the direct application of meteorological or climatological knowledge to the fulfillment of industrial or agricultural needs or in research and development of scientific knowledge, which can meet such needs.

Dr. Reifsnyder and Dr. Landsberg were recipients of the AMS’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology, which

is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the theory, teaching, and/or application of knowledge about interactions between the atmosphere and biological systems.

Dr. Simpson was a recipient of the AMS’ Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, which

is presented to individuals on the basis of outstanding contributions to the understanding of the structure or behavior of the atmosphere. It represents the highest honor that the Society can bestow upon an atmospheric scientist.

Dr. Simpson, Dr. Landsberg, and are recipients of the AMS’ Charles Franklin Brooks Award, which

is presented to an individual who has made important contributions to the Society, usually over a period of years.

Dr. Simpson was a recipient of the AMS’ Charles E. Anderson Award, which

is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences and broader communities through education and community service.

Mr. Abrams is a recipient of the AMS’ Charles L. Mitchell Award, which

presented to individuals who, through performance of exceptional forecast service, have distinguished themselves and brought credit to their profession. The Society presents the awards in recognition of the great importance of weather forecasting to the public safety and well-being, and the valuable professional services provided by persons who are engaged in forecasting activities.

Mr. Abrams is a recipient of the AMS’ Award for Broadcast Meteorology, which is given

for sustained long-term contributions to the community through the broadcast media, or for outstanding work during a specific weather event.

Dr. Landsberg was a recipient of the AMS’ Cleveland Abbe Award For Distinguished Service to Atmospheric Science, which

is presented on the basis of activities that have materially contributed to the progress of the atmospheric or related sciences or to the application of the atmospheric or related sciences to general, social, economic, or humanitarian welfare.

In 2006, the AMS created a new award (the first recipient was named in 2007), named after Dr. Landsberg, the Helmut E. Landsberg Award.

Dr. Landsberg was a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, an honor which

is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

Dr. Landsberg was a recipient of the National Medal of Science, which is given

given to individuals “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences.

Dr. Landsberg, Dr. Simpson, and Dr. Bengtsson are all recipients of the International Meteorological Organization’s Prize, which

is awarded annually to individuals for outstanding work in the field of meteorology or in any other field referred to in Article 2 of the WMO Convention.