The Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer

Lectureships to now recognize outstanding mid-career scientists

The Society’s lectureships are now intended to recognize outstanding mid-career scientists. Mid-career is typically taken to include scientists who are within 10 to 20 years beyond earning their highest graduate degree or within 15 to 25 years beyond earning their baccalaureate. Consideration will also be given, however, to those who are still in the middle stage of their careers but have seen these interrupted for up to 5–10 years by military service, or family and career circumstances.

Nomination Process

Thank you for your interest in submitting a nomination! AMS membership is not required to submit an award nomination. Nominations are due by 1 May. The nominator is responsible for uploading the entire nomination package.

The nominees for awards remain on the committee's active list for three years. You will be allowed to update an unsuccessful nomination at the beginning of the next award cycle.


  • Citation (25 word maximum)
  • Bibliography (3 page maximum)
  • Nomination letter (3 page maximum)
  • Nominee Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • Three (3) letters of support (2 page maximum each)

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The Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer is selected in recognition of significant contributions to the understanding of atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics, the circulation of the middle atmosphere, or the dynamics of climate. The lecture is presented at the AMS Annual Meeting or an appropriate specialty meeting. The lecture may be recorded for broader dissemination and, if desired by the Lecturer, a written version of the lecture will be posted as part of BAMS Online.

The STAC Commissioner is responsible for forming the selection committee, which makes a recommendation for final approval by AMS Council. The selection committee is composed of a five-person panel including the Commissioner as chair, two members from the Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics Committee, one member from the Middle Atmosphere Committee, and one member from the Committee on Climate Variability and Change.

About Bernhard Haurwitz

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Bernhard Haurwitz (1905–1986) was a meteorologist and physicist, chair of the Department of Meteorology at NYU, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the AMS Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal. His principle scientific accomplishments were in the application of mathematics and fluid dynamics to all scales of atmospheric motions. Haurwitz wrote important papers on short-period atmospheric wave motions, planetary waves, and vortex motions in tropical cyclones, among other analyses of the structure and motions of the atmosphere.