The IRC 2012 Gold Medal was awarded to Kuo-Nan Liou of the University of California at Los Angeles.
Professor Kuo-Nan Liou received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in meteorology and oceanography from the School of Engineering at New York University in 1970. After a postdoctoral research associate position at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies/Columbia University and a research faculty position at the University of Washington, Dr. Liou subsequently became an Associate Professor at the University of Utah in 1975 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1980. He served as Director of the Center for Atmospheric and Remote Sensing Studies from 1987-1997 and Chair of the Meteorology Department from 1996-1997.
Dr. Liou joined UCLA in 1997 and served as Chair of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department from 2000-2004. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and, since 2006, Director of the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering. Professor Liou has held joint appointments with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department since 2003 and the Electrical Engineering Department since 2010.
Professor Liou was elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States in 1999 and is a past Chair of its Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Engineering Section (2008-2010). He was elected a Member of the Academia Sinica (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiwan) in 2004. Professor Liou is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and Optical Society of America, and has an Honorary Professorship at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In addition to a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Chinese American Engineers and Scientists Society of Southern California, he received the Jule Charney Award from the American Meteorological Society, a creativity award from the National Science Foundation, and the Nobel Peace Prize Certificate bestowed on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for “substantial contributions to the work of IPCC” in 2007. Professor Liou was the recipient of the 2010 COSPAR (Committee on Space Research, ICSU) William Nordberg Medal, which is awarded biennially for “outstanding contribution to the application of space science.” In August 2011, Dr. Liou presented a Distinguished Lecture in Atmospheric Sciences at the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 8th annual meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Dr. Liou’s books "Radiation and Cloud Processes in the Atmosphere" and "An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation", and many papers on the subject of scattering from complex particles and surfaces constitute monumental contributions to a subject of vast complexity.