Syukuro (Suki) Manabe

Climate modeling
Senior Meteorologist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program

Syukuro (Suki) Manabe, a senior meteorologist in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, created the first global climate model after his groundbreaking studies of atmospheric dynamics in the 1960s. Manabe was co-author of a 1967 paper that was the first credible report of climate change, which led to the creation of the first three-dimensional model of global warming in 1975. Manabe identified profound connections between the sea, land and atmosphere. His revolutionary idea — using numerical modeling to predict how the Earth’s surface temperatures are influenced by atmospheric conditions — was a major breakthrough, giving researchers a powerful new tool to investigate the Earth’s complex climate systems. His work is foundational for all modern climate research. He is winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics for his groundbreaking work in modeling climate change.