Distinguished Professors

The title of Distinguished Professor denotes a faculty member who is in the top 5 percent of his or her field throughout the world. Recipients are considered preeminent in their fields based on seminal contributions to their disciplines.

The Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System grants the title to the successful nominees.

All three of the College of Geosciences' Distinguished Professors are also Fellows in the American Geophysical Union.

Gerald North, Atmospheric Sciences


Distinguished Professor
Departments of Atmospheric Sciences and Oceanography
Appointed September 1, 1986

Dr. Gerald North is one of the leading authorities on climate change. His contributions include groundbreaking research on climate models, atmospheric statistics, and satellite mission development. He has been holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences and has served as department head in Atmospheric Sciences. Among his many publications are the recent books, Impact of Global Warming in Texas (rev. 2nd edition, 2011) and An Introduction to Atmospheric Thermodynamics (2009). The American Meteorological Society awarded him the Jule G. Charney Award in 2008.

Worth Nowlin, Oceanography


Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Oceanography
Appointed September 1, 1987

Dr. Worth Nowlin led development of the Global Ocean Observing System and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He twice received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Research. He was awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States and the AGU Ocean Science Award, and was appointed Admiral in the Texas Navy. He is former department head of Oceanography, Texas Sea Grant director, associate dean of Geosciences and founding director of the Texas Center for Climate Studies.

Robert Duce, Oceanography


Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Departments of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences
Appointed June 1, 2004

Dr. Robert Duce is both a distinguished scientist and an international leader in geosciences. His research focuses on the chemical cycles of pollutant and natural substances in the global atmosphere and the impact of air-sea exchange on the atmosphere and ocean. He is former dean of the College of Geosciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Association and the Oceanography Society and received the Rosenstiel Award. He is the chair of the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board.


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