12 Facts About Jacob Bjerknes


Jacob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes was a meteorologist.


Jacob Bjerknes is known for his key paper in which he pointed the dynamics of the polar front, mechanism for north-south heat transport and for which he was awarded a doctorate from the University of Oslo.


Jacob Bjerknes was part of the team that made the first crossing of the Arctic in the airship Norge.


Jacob Bjerknes helped gain an understanding of the weather phenomenon El Nino.


Jacob Bjerknes's father was the Norwegian meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes, one of the pioneers of modern weather forecasting.


Jacob Bjerknes was part of a group of meteorologists led by his father, Vilhelm Jacob Bjerknes, at the University of Leipzig.


Jacob Bjerknes returned to Norway in 1917, where his father founded the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen in Bergen.


In 1926, Jacob Bjerknes was a support meteorologist when Roald Amundsen made the first crossing of the Arctic in the airship Norge.


Jacob Bjerknes founded the UCLA Department of Meteorology.


In 1969, Jacob Bjerknes helped toward an understanding of El Nino Southern Oscillation, by suggesting that an anomalously warm spot in the eastern Pacific can weaken the east-west temperature difference, disrupting trade winds, which push warm water to the west.


Jacob Bjerknes died on 7 July 1975 in Los Angeles, California.


Jacob Bjerknes was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Meteorological Society in 1932 and a member of both the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in 1933.