Nye Lecture

John Nye Lecture Series

The John F. Nye Lecture honors the work of cryospheric science pioneer, John F. Nye. This named lecture is presented annually during the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The Nye Lecturer is selected based on highlighting and recognizing an outstanding cryospheric scientist and her/his recent accomplishments as well as the individual’s ability to present exciting science to the non-cryosphere community of AGU scientists.

Who is Dr. John Nye?

John Nye was an internationally renowned physicist who made fundamental contributions to the understanding of crystals, ice and light. He explored defects in crystal structures, in particular continuous distributions of dislocations. He explained the mechanics of the flow of glaciers: their advance and retreat, and how this depends on the underlying topography; and how water flows beneath and within them. He was a pioneer in the study of optical singularities on three levels: stable caustics in geometrical optics; phase singularities (wavefront dislocations) in scalar waves; and lines of circular and linear polarization in electromagnetic fields.
A continuation of Dr. John Nye's obituary and biography from the Royal Society can be found at the following link: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rsbm.2020.0002 
(Written by Sir Michael Berry)

For more information about award qualifications and nominating instructions for Nye Lecturer, go to the AGU Honors page.

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Past Nye Lecturers

2019

Dr. Helen Amanda Fricker

Demystifying Antarctica: what have we learned from the past 100 years of observations, and what comes next? (Tuesday, 10 December 2019)

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2018

Dr. Jacqueline Richter-Menge

A Career of Change (Tuesday, 11 December 2018)

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2017

Dr. Roger Bales

Making up for lost snow: lessons from a warming Sierra Nevada (Tuesday, 12 December 2017)

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2016

Dr. Christina Hulbe

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering? Time and Change in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (Tuesday 13 December, 2016)

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2015

Dr. Eric Rignot

Ice Sheet Systems and Sea Level Change (Tuesday 15 December, 2015)

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2014

Dr. Jim White

Abrupt Climate Change: The View from the Past, the Present, and the Future

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2013

Dr. Douglas MacAyeal

The Joy of Ice

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2012

Dr. Elizabeth Moris

“Hot ice & wondrous strange snow”: three-phase mixtures or something more?

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2011

Dr. W. Tad Pfeffer

We Are All Engineers Now: Delivering Useful Projections Of Sea Level Rise

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2010

Dr. Jeff Dozier

Mountain Hydrology, The Fourth Paradigm, and the Color of Snow

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2009

Dr. Larry Hinzman

Arctic Hydrology and the Role of Feedbacks in the Climate System

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2008

Dr. Mary Albert

Polar Science in Time of Rapid Change

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2007

Dr. Mark Serreze

Arctic Climate Change: Where Reality Exceeds Expectations

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2006

Dr. Garry Clarke

Water Under Ice: Curiosities, Complexities, and Catastrophes

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2005

Dr. Matthew Sturm

Snow Crystals, Shrubs, and the Changing Climate of the Arctic

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2004

Dr. Richard Alley

We’re All Glaciologists Now: Ice in the Climate System

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2003

Dr. Kurt Cuffey

Stable Isotopes in Ice: Tracers of the Global Environment

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2002

Dr. Robert Bindschadler

Consider an Ice Stream

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