George S. Benton cago, no more than 20 others had earned a doctorate 1917-199 9 in that field in the United States. The following year, Benton joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Uni- versity in Baltimore, Maryland, and it was this insti- George S. Benton, who tution with which he would maintain a professional in the late 1970s set the affiliation for more than 50 years. He was professor direction for many of the United States's policies of atmospheric science from 1957 until he retired as and programs in the atmo- professor emeritus in 1988. spheric and ocean sci- Benton's research and publications were primarily ences , including the concerned with the fundamental behavior of rotating modernizatio n of the and stratified fluid systems in the atmosphere and the nation's weather services, oceans. In papers on such subjects as hydraulic jumps, died on 16 October 1999 long gravitational waves in stratified fluid, and Ekman at his home in Baltimore, Maryland. Until he fell ill, flows with lateral shear, he was mainly interested in he had been scheduled to go to China in September to applying general principles of fluid dynamics to par- celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 2000
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