The following individuals have recently been granted honorary membership of the AMS: Louis J. Battan (1986), Lev S. Gandin (1987), Sir Thomas F. Malone (1981), Sir John Mason (1987), Vincent J. Schaefer (1987), Subrahmanyan Chan- drasekhar (1988), and Verner Suomi (1988). Their biographies follow. Lev S. Gandin Louis Battan Lev S. Gandin is one of the Soviet Louis Battan was a distinguished sci- Union's most distinguished meteo- entist, educator, author, and admin- rologists. He is best known in the istrator. He was at the forefront of international meteorological commu- research in radar meteorology and nity for his work in numerical anal- cloud physics and a pioneer in the ysis by means of a procedure known application of Doppler radar to me- teorology. His expertise extended as optimal interpolation, now used at to severe local phenomena in gen- every major meteorological center in the world. Optimal interpolation al- eral: tornadoes, hailstorms, thunder- lows a maximum amount of information to be extracted storms, and hazardous wind-shears. His rational contri- from a given observational array. As such, it is a particularly butions to the debate on modification of clouds and pre- important tool in data-sparse regions. cipitation systems always served to moderate
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 1989
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