In Memoriam: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Pioneer Kuo-Nan Liou

Kuo-Nan Liou

Apr 2, 2021

By UCLA Samueli Newsroom

Kuo-Nan Liou, a UCLA distinguished professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and mechanical and aerospace engineering, died March 20, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 77.

An internationally acclaimed scientist, Liou was the founding director of the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering (JIFRESSE), a collaboration between UCLA and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Institute was established to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change and its effect on regional climates and environments.

Liou received his bachelor of science degree in 1965 from National Taiwan University, and his master of science and Ph.D. from New York University. Prior to joining UCLA faculty in 1997, he was a professor at the University of Utah for 22 years.

Throughout his illustrious career, Liou received many prestigious honors for his pioneering scientific contributions, most notably for his work on the phenomenon of atmospheric radiative transfer and its interactions with clouds.

The UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences has posted additional information on Liou’s career on its website.

Contributions can be made to the Kuo-Nan Liou Memorial Fund in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Friends and colleagues can share their memories of Liou at this web page.