Ferdinand Baer 
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University of Maryland

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Professor Emeritus
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
          University of Maryland 
          College Park, Maryland 20742

B.A., University of Chicago, 1950 
The College 

M.A. University of Chicago, 1954 

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1961 
Geophysical Sciences 

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Professor Ferdinand Baer received his professional training from the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1961. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University where he was one of the founding members of their Department of Atmospheric Science. In 1971 he took a position as Professor at the University of Michigan, and in 1977 he moved to the University of Maryland where he took on the chairmanship of the newly created Department of Meteorology and inaugurated and directed the Cooperative Institute for Climate  Studies (CICS) in conjunction with NOAA.   In 1987 he retired from his administrative post to devote himself to teaching and research as a Professor in the same department. During his tenure at the various Universities, Professor Baer was a WMO expert to India, a research fellow at the GFDL laboratory of Princeton University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm and the Freie University of Berlin and periodically a summer visitor at NCAR. His research interests span a variety of topics to include atmospheric dynamic, numerical weather prediction, numerical analysis, initialization, spectral methods, atmospheric energetics, gravity waves, and high performance computing applications. His more recent efforts were in assisting in the development of the spectral element method and its application to climate modeling including local mesh refinement.  He is a member of a number of professional societies and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has directed to completion the PhD. research of eighteen students. He has had research support from NSF, NASA, DOE, NOAA and DOD. In support of his community he has served on a variety of boards and committees which included NAS/BASC, two terms as a UCAR trustee, member representative to UCAR from UMCP, and Chair, AAAS Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences.

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