The Center for
Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies


Jagadish Shukla

Titles: Managing Director, COLA
Professor, Climate Dynamics, George Mason University
Gandhi College
Phone: 703-993-5700
Fax: 703-993-5770

Shukla Symposium on Predictability in the Midst of Chaos
Shukla Receives 2012 Padma Shri Award from the Government of India
Shukla Awarded 52nd IMO Prize by World Meteorological Organization
Shukla Part of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-Winning IPCC
Shukla Awarded Carl Gustaf Rossby Medal
Shukla Establishes Gandhi College in his Native Village in Ballia
Shukla Profile in The New York Times
Meeting Jule Charney
Photo Gallery

A Brief Biography

J. Shukla was born in 1944 in a small village (Mirdha) in the Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, India. This village had no electricity, no roads or transportation, and no primary school building. Most of his primary school education was received under a large banyan tree. He passed from the S.R.S. High School, Sheopur, in the first class with distinction in Mathematics and Sanskrit. He was unable to study science in high school because none of the schools near his village included science education. His father, the late Shri Chandra Shekhar Shukla, asked him to read all the science books for classes 6 through 10 during the summer before he was admitted to the S.C. College, Ballia, to study science. After passing the twelfth grade from S.C. College, he went to Banaras Hindu University (B.H.U.) where, at the age of 18, he passed BS (honors) with Physics, Mathematics, and Geology in the first class and then earned the MS in Geophysics in the first class in 1964. He received PhD in Geophysics from BHU in 1971 and ScD in Meteorology from MIT in 1976.

Selected Honors and Awards

2016: Honorary Member, American Meteorological Society
2015: Member, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change (PMCCC), India
2012: Padma Shri, National Award from the President of India
2008: Chairman, International Advisory Panel for Weather and Climate, India
2008: Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
2008: Commissioner on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Climate Change
2007: Lead Author, IPCC Working Group 1 Report, Climate Change 2007
(IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Gore)
2007: International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize
2005: Rossby Medal of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)
2004: Scientist of the Year, Association of Indians in America (AIA)
2001: Walker Gold Medal of the Indian Meteorological Society (IMS)
2001: Member, WCRP Joint Scientific Committee
1999: Founded Gandhi College for women in a village in India
1996: Fellow, Indian Meteorological Society
1996: Associate Fellow, TWAS, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World
1993: Founded Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES)
1989: Helped establish super computer center for monsoon forecasting, New Delhi
(At the behest of the then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi)
1988: Started weather and climate program at ICTP, Trieste, Italy
(At the behest of Dr. Abdus Salam, founder of ICTP)
1986: Invited to lecture at the Pontifical Academy, Vatican, Italy
(Audience with Pope John Paul II)
1983: Founded the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA)
1982: Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal of NASA
1979: Chief Scientist, MONEX experiment in the Bay of Bengal
(Leader of an expedition of three aircrafts and 150 scientists to Calcutta)
Other: Author/co-author of 200 scientific papers; Editor/Contributor: 5 books
Other: PhD thesis adviser for 20 students at MIT, U. of Maryland, and GMU

More Information

Professional Biography (MS word doc)
Dr. Shukla’s Curriculum Vitae (short version): (HTML format) (PDF file) (MS Word doc)
Dr. Shukla’s Curriculum Vitae (complete): (PDF file) (MS Word doc)
Dr. Shukla’s Publication List
Dr. Shukla’s Profile at Google Scholar
WMO Bulletin Interview (MS word doc)
CLIM 751 Predictability and Prediction of Weather and Climate -- Concepts and Phenomenology