Eric Eady

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Eric Eady
Born Eric Thomas Eady
5 September 1915[1]
Ealing, London
Died 26 March 1966(1966-03-26) (aged 50)
Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey
Cause of death Suicide
Nationality British
Alma mater Imperial College London
Occupation Meteorologist
Known for Eady Model of Baroclinic instability
Marjorie Currie (m. 1949)

Eric Thomas Eady (5 September 1915 – 26 March 1966) was a British meteorology researcher and author of the Eady Model of baroclinic instability, modelling baroclinic generation of weather systems.

Eady was born in Ealing and attended Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. He earned a scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he received a BSc in mathematics in 1935. In 1937 he became a weather forecaster in the UK Meteorological Office. In 1946, he resigned from the office to started a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College London.[1] His 1948 thesis was titled The theory of development in dynamical meteorology, which was an early work on atmospheric instability and the development of weather systems.[2] Eady widened his interests to include oceanography in his later career.

In his later years, he became depressed by his career and isolated himself from his social circle. In 1966, he died at Royal Surrey County Hospital, age 50, after an overdose of sleeping pills.[1]


  1. ^ a b c H., Charnock. "Eady, Eric Thomas (1915–1966), meteorologist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/37381. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Vallis, Geoffery K. (2006). Atmospheric and oceanic fluid dynamics: fundamentals and large-scale circulation. Cambridge University Press. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-521-84969-2. Retrieved 2009-11-17.

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