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EARL E. GOSSARD

1923–2009


Elected in 1990


“For fundamental advances in understanding the interactions between radiowaves and the atmosphere and major developments in remote sensing.”


BY RICHARD G. STRAUCH


EARL E. GOSSARD, renowned atmospheric scientist, died on January 27, 2009, at his home in Fortuna, California, at the age of 86. He retired in 1999 after a distinguished career, primarily at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Wave Propagation Laboratory (WPL). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 1990.

Earl was born on January 8, 1923, in Eureka, California. He had an early appreciation of, and a fascination with, the world around him. He spent time roaming the hills and valleys of his boyhood home on foot or on horseback. He married his life companion, Sophia (Marge) Poignand, on November 21, 1948.

After serving in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946 as a first lieutenant, Earl attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1948 and his M.A. degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1951. He earned his Ph.D. in physical oceanography in 1956



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