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  Gary A Glatzmaier

Gary A Glatzmaier

Professor Emeritus


Physical & Biological Sciences Division

Earth & Planetary Sciences Department

Professor Emeritus



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out of state

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
B.S., Marquette University, Milwaukee

Computer simulation of geodynamics and planetary dynamics

Gary develops global three-dimensional time-dependent computer models to study the structure and dynamics of the interiors of planets and stars. The first in this series of models was written in the 1980s to study the solar dynamo. A modified version of this model was used for pre-flight studies and post-flight analyses of a rotating fluid dynamics experiment flown aboard NASA Space Shuttles in 1985 and 1995. In his studies of geodynamics he has simulated global circulation and convection in the Earth's atmosphere, mantle and core. He has also simulated convection and magnetic field generation in the deep interiors of giant gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Fluid Dynamics
Physics of Stars

Member of the National Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
Fellow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory


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