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Prof. Leonard Barrie, Former VP Research at CyI, Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Leonard BarrieProf. Leonard Barrie, Emeritus Professor at The Cyprus Institute and former Vice-President for Research, and currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University and Professor Emeritus in Climate and Atmospheric Science at Stockholm University, has been elected amongst the fifty-nine individuals to the 2021 Class of AGU Fellows. AGU will formally recognize this year’s recipients during #AGU21 Fall Meeting, celebrating and honouring the exceptional achievements, visionary leadership, talents, and dedication of all fifty-nine new AGU Fellows.

The Fellows program was established in 1962, and recognizes AGU members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space science through a breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their field. Fellows act as external experts, capable of advising government agencies and other organizations outside the sciences upon request. The program enhances the prestige of AGU and motivates members to achieve excellence in research.

The President of AGU, Prof. Susan Lozier, and Chair, Honors and Recognition Committee of AGU, Dr LaToya Myles, congratulated the 2021 Class of AGU Fellows by highlighting that they have made outstanding achievements and contributions by pushing the frontiers of science forward. In addition, they stated that the elected individuals have also embodied AGU’s shared vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future for all powered by discovery, innovation, and action. Equally important is that they conducted themselves with integrity, respect, diversity, and collaboration while creating deep engagement in education and outreach.

“Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1% of members to join this prestigious group of individuals. Thanks to their dedication and sacrifice, AGU Fellows serve as global leaders and experts who have propelled our understanding of geosciences. We are confident that they will remain curious and relentlessly focused on answers as they continue to advance their research, which pushes our boundaries of knowledge to create a healthy planet and beyond. We are grateful for their invaluable contributions. We also recognize that numerous individuals were pivotal to their success, and we thank them too”, they noted.

Prof. Leonard Barrie is a leading international Earth System Science research scientist and manager, educated in Canada and Germany. Previously, he was Director of the Research Department at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva implementing international research programs related to weather, climate, water and the environment. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada where he served as senior research scientist in Environment Canada, adjunct Professor at York University (Toronto) and leader of major international environmental research initiatives. Also has served as Chief Atmospheric Scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, cross-appointed between the Atmospheric and Climate Change Research Group and the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory of the US Department of Energy. From 2011 to 2013 Prof. Barrie was Vice-President for Research and Professor of The Cyprus Institute.

Prof. Barrie has been a member of many editorial boards of scientific journals, the Executive Committee of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, the Atmospheric Chemistry Commission of the International Association of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vice-president of the International Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution and the International Ozone Commission. He is a member of both the European and American Geophysical Unions. Currently he is on the scientific advisory board for four major European Union research projects and chairs two.

Read the full list of the 2021 Class of AGU Fellows here.