On Tuesday a trio of scientists won The Nobel Prize in Physics for their earth-shattering contributions that have helped our understanding of complex physical systems. Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann were praised for “the physical modeling of Earth’s climate, quantifying variability and reliably predicting global warming.” Giorgio Parisi claimed was rewarded for “the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales.”
Syukuro Manabe is a 90-year-old Japanese meteorologist and climatologist who pioneered the use of computers to simulate global climate change. “His work laid the foundation for the development of current climate models.” (Nobel Committee)
Klaus Hasselmann is an 89-year-old German physicist who worked extensively on oceanography, meteorology, and climate. He is the founder of the European Climate Forum. which is now the Global Climate Forum. “His methods have been used to prove the increased temperature in the atmosphere is due to human emissions of carbon dioxide.”
Giorgio Parisi is a 73-year-old Italian theoretical physicist who studied the field of elementary particles, mathematical physics, string theory, and disordered systems. “Among the most important contributions to the theory of complex systems.”
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Meet The Three Nobel Prize Winners
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