Inez Fung

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Inez Fung
Born April 11, 1949  (age 69)
British Hong Kong 
Alma mater
Occupation Climatologist 

Inez Fung (Chinese: 馮又嫦; born April 11, 1949)[1] is a professor of atmospheric science at the University of California, Berkeley jointly appointed in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She is also the co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.

She is member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow in both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

Early life and education

Inez Fung was born and grew up in Hong Kong, she graduated from King's College, Hong Kong, in 1967.[2][1] After graduating, she traveled to the United States and enrolled in Utica College in New York.[3] Fung transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving her Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics in 1971. Studying under Jule Gregory Charney at MIT, she wrote her doctoral thesis on the “organization of spiral rainbands in a hurricane,” for which she won the Rossby Award for outstanding thesis of the year.[4] She received her Sc.D. in 1977, becoming only the second woman to graduate from MIT with a doctorate degree in Meteorology.[5]


She joined the National Academy of Sciences in 1977, working as a research associate until 1979 before she joined the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, a position Fung held until 1986 when she was promoted to the position of Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Observatory.[6] In 1986 she was also hired as a Physical Scientist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That same year she began to serve as a member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Climate Research Committee until 1989.[7] She served as the associate editor of the Journal of Climate from 1988 to 1989 and as the full-time editor of the Journal from 1996 to 1998.[8] In the spring of 1988, Fung was a visiting Associate Professor at the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Washington, and was the Adjunct Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Physics at Columbia from 1989 to 1993.[6] Fung was promoted to the role of Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia and joined the University of Victoria in Canada, working as a professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, in 1993.[7] In 1998, Fung left the University of Victoria, Columbia and the NASA Goddard Center, joining the University of California, Berkeley.

Since then she has done extensive work on climate modeling, biogeochemical cycles, and climate change.[9] During the last decade, she was a contributing author to both the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessment reports.

In 2006, she joined with 17 other climate scientists to file an amicus curiae brief in Massachusetts v. EPA to support the need for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.[10]

Personal life

Fung lives in Berkeley, California and is married to Oceanographer Jim Bishop, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley.

Select awards and honors



  1. ^ a b Lisa Zandi (February 27, 2013). "FEMALE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS" (PDF).
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  3. ^ "InfoTech The Advisory List" (PDF). PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF NORTH CAROLINA State Board of Education. February 27, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Paul Preuss (August 6, 2007). "Catching Up With Climate". Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  5. ^ Stephanie Harris (April 14, 2008). "Leading climate scientist speaks about global warming".
  6. ^ a b Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (February 27, 2012). "INEZ Y. FUNG University of California,Berkeley" (PDF).
  7. ^ a b "INEZ Y. FUNG University of California,Berkeley" (PDF). February 27, 2012.
  8. ^ David Randal (January 1, 1999). "Editorial Journal of Climate".
  9. ^ "Inez Fung - Faculty Professor of Atmospheric Science; Co-Director, Berkeley Institute of the Environment".
  10. ^ "Scientists' amicus brief" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Inez Fung BIOGRAPHY Climate Scientist". National Science Board. February 27, 2013.
  12. ^ "Berkeley scientists will be among "Scientific American 50"". November 15, 2005.
  13. ^ Kathryn Stelljes (December 15, 2003). "Inez Fung Receives Prestigious Revelle Medal".
  14. ^ a b c "Journalists/Scientists Science Communications and the News Media Workshop Inez Fung Sc.D". February 27, 2013. Archived from the original on February 19, 2007.
  15. ^ "Inez Fung PROFESSOR". February 27, 2012.
  16. ^ "Inez Fung, Sc.D. Professor of Atmospheric Science at UC Berkeley".
  17. ^ "Beauty and Brains–Women in the Sciences". November 22, 2011.

External links

  • Inez Fung's website
  • What Could Happen in a World That's 4 Degrees Warmer | WIRED Brand Lab on YouTube
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