André Berger


Portrait of André BergerAndré Berger (1942) is a Belgian emeritus professor in meteorology. He is Master of Science in Meteorology from M.I.T. (1971) and Doctor of Science from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) (1973).


He was ordinary professor and head of the Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics Georges Lemaître (1978-2001) at the Catholic University of Louvain where he lectured on meteorology and climate dynamics. He is doctor honoris causa from the University of Aix-Marseille III, the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse and the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons. He was C.R.B. graduate fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (1970-1971) and professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université de Liège.


Book edited by André Berger and othersAndré Berger was chairman of both the International Climate and Paleoclimate Commissions and of NATO scientific Panels. He was president of the European Geophysical Society and Honorary President of the European Geo-Sciences Union. He served on several national and international scientific committees dealing with climate and global change.


He received the Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award from the World Meteorological Organization in 1994 for The relation between astronomy and climate variations. The purpose of the Award is to reward an original scientific paper on the influence of meteorology in a particular field of the physical, natural or human sciences.


Portrait of André BergerAndré Berger has edited 12 books on climatic variations and has published more than 150 papers on this subject. His main research was about modelling climatic changes at the geological and at the century time scales. He has made notable contributions to the astronomical theory of paleoclimates which explain the recurrence of glacial-interglacial cycles from the long-term variations of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. The climate model that he has developed with his team is also used for simulating the response of the climate system to human activities and the possible impact of such man's induced perturbations on the natural course of climate at the geological time scale. He is a cited pioneer of the interdisciplinary study of climate dynamics and past climate history.


He has been ennobled by His Majesty Albert II, King of the Belgians, with the title of Chevalier (Sir) and received the title of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur from the President of France.



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