Curriculum Vitae




Date of birth:5 July 1935, Trollhättan, Sweden
Marital Status:Married, 3 children



- PhD (fil. lic.) in Meteorology, University of Stockholm (1964)
- M. Sc. University of Uppsala (1959)
- B. Sc. University of Uppsala (1957)



1999Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
1998 Umweltpreis 1998 der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt - The Germann Environmental reward (shared)
1998 Member of the Finnish Academy of Science
1996 Milutin Milancovic medal by the European Geophysical Society
1995 Member of the Nordrhein-Westfälischen Wissenschaftsakademie
1993 Member of the Swedish Academy of Science
1991 Honorary Member of the Swedish Meteorological Society
1990 Doctor honoris causa, University of Stockholm
1990 Förderpreis and the Golden Rosette for European Science by the Körberstiftung, Hamburg
1989 Member of Academia Europea
1986 Julius von Hann's Gold Medal by the Austrian Meteorological Society



4.1 Permanent academic and research positions

Director, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, 1991 - 2000
Director, European Centre for Medium Range Forecasts, 1982 - 1990
Deputy Director and Head of Research, European Centre for Medium Range Forecasts 1976 - 1981
Member of an interim planning staff for establishing the European Centre for Medium Range Forecasts, 1974 - 1975
Head of Division, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, 1965 - 1974
Research Meteorologist, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, 1961-1965

4.2 Other academic appointment

Professor, University of Reading, UK, 2001 -
Associate professor in Meteorology (Docent), University of Stockholm, 1979 -



5.1 Working Groups and Committees (ongoing activities)

Member of the 5th Advisory Academic Committee of the Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2001 -
Chairman of the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC) at ESA (European Space Agency), 1999 -
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, USA, 1997 -
Member of a IAMAP Committee on Dynamical Meteorology, 1993 -

5.2 Working Groups and Committees (previous activities)

Member of US Climate Modelling Panel, 2000 - 2001
Chairman of the JSC Working Group on Coupled Modelling, 1995 - 2000
Chairmanof the Advisory Board for IRI (International Research Institute on ENSO Prediction), USA, 1998 - 1999.
Member of the National Committee for Global Change Forschung (Germany), 1997 - 1999.
Chairmanof a Max Planck Society Commission for establishing a new institute on biogeochemical chemistry in Jena, 1994 - 1997.
Trustee Member of MISTRA (Swedish Environmental Research Foundation), 1994 - 1999.
Chairman of the Science Steering group for BALTEX, 1994 - 2000.
Member of the Swedish Natural Science Research Council, 1992 - 1995.
Member of the Science Steering group for CLIVAR, 1993 - 1995.
Vice-Chairman for a Swedish Natural Science Research Council committee for supercomputers, 1991- 1993.
Chairman of WCRP (World Climate Research Programme) Study Group on the Climate Variability and Prediction Research Programme (CLIVAR), 1991 - 1993.
Member of the External Advisory Panel for the Centre for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate, NSF, 1992 - 1996.
Vice-Chairman of JSTC - Joint Scientific Technical Committee to review and design the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), 1992 - 1996.
Memberof the Scientific Council of CERFACS (Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique) (1988 - 1999).
Member of the NCAR CCM Advisory Committee, 1988 - 1990.
Member of the Board for the Meteorological Institute at Stockholm University, 1983 - 1994.
Member of ESA Earth Observations Advisory Committee, 1982 - 1993.
Chairman of the JSC (JOC) Working Group on Numerical Experimentation, 1978-1985 (Member 1973-1978).
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, 1983-1990.
Chairman of the CAS Working Group for Weather Prediction Research, 1978-1982.
Memberof a UK Ministry of Defence Meteorological Research Committee (Synoptic, Dynamical and Climatological Sub-Committee), 1978-1979.
Member of an ESA Working Group on Satellite Meteorology, 1977-1978.
Chairman of the CAS Working Group for Numerical Weather Prediction, 1973-1978.
Member of the 1st Study Group for the Planning of ECMWF, 1970-1971.



2001Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Ocean modelling policy.
2000Nansen Centre, Bergen, Norway.
1998Review of the Portuguese Meteorological Institute.
1996-1997 Review of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
1994Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Climate research policy study.
1994Member of a KNMI Review Committee.
1992Swedish Ministry of Transport, Swedish membership of EUMETSAT.
1987Member of a NOAA Review Committee for GFDL.
1981Member of a NCAR Review Committee.



1995-present, Member of Editorial Board, Acta Geophysica Polonica.
1993-1996,Associated Editor, Journal of Computational Physics.
1987-present, Associated Editor, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.
1984-present, Member of Editorial Board, Tellus.
1982-1988,Member of Editorial Board, Idöjaras.



American Meteorological Society, Fellow.
Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte, Member.
New York Academy of Science, Member.
Royal Meteorological Society, Fellow.
Swedish Geophysical Society, Member.
Swedish Meteorological Society, Honorary Member.



Responsibility for several major research grants over the last 8 years, some of them amounting to more than 2 million DM. These grants are provided in particular by the Commission of the European Union and German Ministries.


Lectures and visits of numerous universities and research centers in Europe, USA, Canada, China and Japan have given rise to cooperation research with scientists all over the world.

(i) Climate modelling and prediction

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, US
Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Paris, France
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Centre National de Recherches Météorologique, Toulouse, France
Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Bracknell, U.K.
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, U.K.
Institute of Global Environment and Society, Maryland, USA
Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Victoria, Canada
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Moscow, Russia

(ii) Atmospheric composition and change

Centre des Faibles Radioactivités, Gif-sur Yvette, France
KNMI, De Bilt, The Netherlands
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Commission of the European Communities, Ispra, Italy
University of Stockholm, Sweden

(iii) Observational research programs

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrköping, Sweden
Chalmers University of Technology, Onsala, Sweden
University of Helsinki, Department of Meteorology, Helsinki, Finland
Danish Meteorological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
KNMI, De Bilt, The Netherlands
Universität Wien, Institut für Meteorologie und Geophysik, Austria


11. EDUCATIONAL DUTIES (last 5 years)

PhD supervisions (2-3 annually)
Invited teacher at summerschools
1998Boekelo - COACh
1995 and 1997Les Houches - NATO



Between 1985 and 2001, invitations to lecture at international symposia, workshops, at different universities and other scientific institutes. Number of invited lectures per year 15-20. A detailed list for the last years can be provided on request.


Publication of some 170 scientific papers in the fields of numerical analysis and data assimila tion, numerical weather prediction and climate modelling.