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, 1995
  • 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 2003.
  • 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”