Jagadish Shukla is a Distinguished University Professor at George Mason University. He had a modest beginning – born in a village without roads and electricity, he received his primary education under a large Banyan tree. He received his Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University in India, and Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shukla’s scientific contributions include studies of monsoons, deforestation, and predictability of weather and climate. His research led to the notion of Predictability in the Midst of Chaos, which established a scientific basis for prediction of short-term climate variations. He is author/coauthor of over 250 scientific papers and Ph.D. thesis advisor for more than 25 students. He has helped establish research institutions in the US, India, Italy, Brazil and Korea.
Shukla has received the Padma Shri from the President of India. He has received the Walker Gold Medal of the India Meteorological Society, the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal of NASA, the Rossby Medal of the American Meteorological Society, and the International Meteorological Prize of the World Meteorological Organization.
He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. He founded Gandhi College in the village of his birth in India for the education of rural students, especially women.