This interview is with Richard Grotjahn, Professor Emeritus of Land, Air, and Water Resources. He was hired in 1982 and retired in 2020. Combining theory with close
attention to observations of global weather patterns, Richard pioneered an
analysis of extreme weather events. Professor
Grotjahn taught 13 different courses ranging from general education to graduate
level and never missed a lecture in 38 years.
At Davis he surmounted several career
setbacks. He attributes his eventual
success to lessons in persistence learned from his activities as a long
distance runner and farmer.
He wrote a book on general circulation of the atmosphere.
He was active in administration, serving as
Chair of the College Executive Committee.
Following his advocacy on the campuswide Executive Council he served as Davis
representative to the University of California Senate. He was also active in meteorological
organizations. He served as the campus
representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research which
manages, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the National Center for
Atmospheric Research. He was secretary
and then president of the International Commission on Dynamic Meteorology. He is interviewed by his departmental
colleague Wendy Silk.