GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Isaac Meyer Held

  • Born October 23, 1948, Ulm Germany, US Citizen
  • Married April 18, 1974 to Joann Held, one child (Joshua)


  • 1969 B.S. University of Minnesota

  • 1971 M.A. State University of New York at
    Stony Brook (Physics)

  • 1976 Ph.D. Princeton University
    (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)


  • 1976-1978: Research Fellow in Climate,
    Harvard University

  • 1978-present: Research Scientist,
    Senior Research Scientist, currently head of Weather and Atmospheric
    Dynamics Group, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA,
    Princeton, NJ

Additional current affiliations:

  • Princeton University, Lecturer in
    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, since 1979

  • Associate Faculty, Princeton
    Environmental Institute, Princeton University, since 1998.

  • Associate Faculty, Program in Applied
    and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, since 1999.

Awards and Honors:

  • Distinguished Authorship Awards, NOAA,
    Environmental Research Laboratories, 1984, 1994, 2001, 2006

  • Meisinger Award, American
    Meteorological Society, 1987: “outstanding contributions to the study of climate
    dynamics through studies of energy balances and wave dynamics”

  • Fellow, American Meteorological
    Society, 1991

  • Rosenstiel Award, University of Miami,
    1994: “for breadth and incisiveness in attacking fundamental problems of
    geophysical fluid dynamics, the general circulation of the atmosphere, and
    climate dynamics”

  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union,

  • Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer,
    American Meteorological Society, 1999

  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 1999
    “for world leadership in studies of climate dynamics”

  • National Academy of Sciences, elected

  • NOAA Presidential Rank Award, 2005

  • Rossby Medal, American Meteorological
    Society, 2008 for “fundamental insights into the dynamics of the
    Earth’s climate through studies of idealized models and
    comprehensive climate simulations”