Ed Lorenz, a founder of chaos theory, also developed revolutionary ideas about the energetics of stratified, rotating fluids and made important contributions to the understanding of atmospheric dynamics and weather prediction. He was on the faculty of MIT from 1955 to his retirement in 1988. Through his profound contributions to science as well as his quiet demeanor, gentle humility, and love of nature, he set a compelling example of what it means to be a gentleman and a scholar.
To learn more, please see:
- MIT’s Technology Review’s recent article about his ground-breaking research on chaos and the work now underway to establish a center for climate research in Lorenz’ name
- Ed Lorenz’s publications (copyrighted material unavailable for distribution)
- Chaos at 50, a Physics Today 50th anniversary celebration of Lorenz’ work