BILL GRAY: A FORCE OF NATURE

BILL GRAY: A FORCE OF NATURE

APRIL 16, 2016, was a sad day for Colorado State, as the University lost two of its most influential faculty members: William Mason (Bill) Gray, a pioneer in the field of hurricane forecasting, and Richard G. (Gay) Israel, founder of the heart disease prevention program.

Bill Gray passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at age 86.

Gray was famous for his seasonal Atlantic Basin hurri­cane forecasts and his strong disagreement with the scien­tific basis of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis.

Gray was a faculty mem­ber in the Department of At­mospheric Science from 1961 through his formal retirement in 2005. After retirement, he continued his hurricane and climate research.

In 1984, Gray initiated the now eagerly anticipated sea­sonal hurricane forecasts. Over his long career, Gray graduated 70 master’s and Ph.D. students, and many of his former grad­uate students have become prominent leaders in the field of tropical meteorology.

His last graduate student, Phil Klotzbach, has very suc­cessfully continued these sea­sonal forecasts since 2006.

After his active Air Force duty ended in 1957, Gray obtained an M.S. (Meteorology) and Ph.D. (Geophysical Sciences) from the University of Chicago. He joined the newly formed De­partment of Atmospheric Sci­ence at CSU in 1961.

Gray worked many years with the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, organizing the first WMO In­ternational Workshop on Tropi­cal Cyclones in Bangkok in 1985.

He traveled the world and maintained collaborations with prominent researchers in the field of tropical meteo­rology throughout his career, receiving many professional awards.

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