Jagadish Chandran Kaimal
Jagadish Chandran Kaimal was an atmospheric physicist whose research was crucial in developing an understanding of air flow patterns close to the Earth's surface. Kaimal received multiple awards for his work in the field. He died of natural causes in Hamilton, NY, on January 25th. He was 90 years old. After receiving his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics at Banaras Hindu University he came to the U.S. and earned a Ph.D. in Meteorology and Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, where he met his wife, Lorraine Augusta. The family settled in Boston where Chandran worked as a meteorologist for the U.S. Air Force. In 1975 the family moved to Boulder, where Chandran joined the NOAA's Wave Propagation Laboratory and became director of the new Boulder Atmospheric Observatory. He later headed the Atmospheric Studies Program at NOAA. In his spare time Chandran led Indian cooking classes at The Peppercorn. In 1992, Chandran retired and he and his wife moved to Hamilton, NY, to live near their daughter, Padma Kaimal. Chandran is survived by his wife, Lorraine, children Padma, Narayan and Maya, their spouses, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
Published by The Daily Camera on Feb. 7, 2021.
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My first international scientific working visit as a young scientist was to Kaimal (1991). Good rememberances about a warm welcome both in his lab and at the boundary layer tower in Boulder and for a nice dinner in his home. Science discussions as amongst equals, even though in fact between a big-shot and a student. A big inspiration for my PhD research and an example for my own interactions with young scientists.
Ronald Hutjes
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April 1, 2021
Chandran Kaimal was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was an exceptional scientist and considerate human being who never focused on himself; a humble man and wonderful example for the rest of us. You always felt better after having talked with Chandran, and I’m honored to have known him during his years at NOAA’s Wave Propagation Laboratory. My sympathies go out to Lorraine and all of his family.
Bob Kropfli
Coworker
February 15, 2021
Chandran was a great and wonderful man, full of kindness, generosity and wisdom. He was a giant in the field of meteorology, whose work has fundamentally changed our understanding of the way the atmosphere works. I am forever thankful for the opportunity I had to work with him, and for the mentoring he provided me, which have shaped my career and my life
James Wilczak
Coworker
February 11, 2021
I think this YOU TUBE video Chandran made says it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNV_wptoOeQ
Dan Wolfe
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February 8, 2021
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