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Michael E. Mann

Born: 28-Dec-1965
Birthplace: Amherst, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Climate change scientist

Michael E. Mann is a physicist and climate scientist who has conducted research related to global climate change, including reconstruction of climate data from the past millennium and modeling long-term behavior of the climate system. He is the creator of the familiar "hockey stick" graph showing the recent, rapid upturn in the earth's temperature. He is also the director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, the principle author of Encyclopedia Britannica's entries on climate change, and a frequent face on TV newscasts when reporters need a scientist to explain the science in layman's terms.

In the so-called "Climategate scandal" of late 2009, emails from Mann were among the communications hacked from a server used by the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Skeptics of climate change used the emails to impugn Mann, other scientists, and the general concept of man-made climate change, but several investigations found no evidence of data falsification by Mann or any of the other scientists who authored the purloined emails. In his 2012 book The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, Mann warns that "public discourse has been polluted now for decades by corporate-funded disinformation not just with climate change but with a host of health, environmental and societal threats."

    University: BA Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley (1989)
    University: MS Physics, Yale University (1991)
    University: M.Ph Physics, Yale University (1991)
    University: M.Ph Geology & Geophysics, Yale University (1993)
    University: PhD Geology & Geophysics, Yale University (1996)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof. of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst (1997-99)
    Teacher: Ass't Prof. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia (1999-2005)
    Teacher: Assoc. Prof. of Meteorology and Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University (2005-09)
    Administrator: Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University (2005-)
    Professor: Meteorology and Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University (2009-)

    Josiah Willard Gibbs Prize 1989
    Phillip M. Orville Prize 1997
    US Energy Department Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1996-98)
    American Geophysical Union
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Science Foundation
    Obama for America

Official Website:
http://www.met.psu.edu/people/mem45

Author of books:
Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008, science; with Lee R. Kump)
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars (2012, non-fiction)


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