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ISSNAF Stories

6/28/21

Video Interview

Discipline:

Physics, Physics and Maths

Franco Einaudi

Director of the Earth Sciences Division, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center - ISSNAF Founder -Ad memoriam

Director of the Earth Sciences Division, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

ISSNAF Founder

Ad memoriam

Bio:

Franco Einaudi (1937-2020) had a distinguished career in the field of Earth Sciences. He was a Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Director of the Earth Sciences Division at the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He was one of the Founding Members of ISSNAF.

Article:

Born in Turin, Italy, on October 31, 1937, Franco Einaudi graduated from the Politecnico di Torino in 1961 and came to the United States a year later to undertake graduate work in physics at Cornell University. After receiving his PhD in 1967, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto; he subsequently spent ten years as a fellow in the Cooperative Institute of Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado, followed by eight years as a Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Franco never lost his connection to Italy, and in fact brought his family to Rome for a year in 1976, where he served as Director of Research at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, and to Florence in 1984 for a sabbatical year as a visiting professor at the Osservatorio Astrofisico Arcetri. In 1987, Franco moved to Maryland where he spent 23 years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. During his last ten years with Nasa he was Director of the Earth Sciences Division.

After his retirement from NASA in 2010, Franco spent the next five years as an unofficial ambassador for NASA, visiting high schools and colleges with a high percentage of minority students to encourage them to pursue careers in Earth Sciences. In recognition of this work, in 2014 he was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Thomas E. Anderson Award ”for consistent, career-long personal efforts to increase diversity, and for leading institutional changes that will continue to create opportunities for women and under-represented minorities.” The American Meteorological Society has recently published an article in his memory on its Bulletin and allowed ISSNAF to post it.


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