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Barry saltzman Saltzman (Barry Saltzman)

Birthplace: New York, New York, New York, United States
Death: February 05, 2001 (69)
Woodbridge, CT, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven, CT, United States
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Son of Benjamin Saltzman and Bertha Saltzman
Husband of Private User
Father of Private User; Private User; Private User and Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Meteorologist-Scientist
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About Barry Saltzman

Barry Saltzman was born in the Bronx, NY., the second child of Benjamin and Bertha Saltzman. He had an older sister named Jean. His parents immigrated to the United States from Poland and Russia. Barry attended the Bronx H.S.of Science and City College. He was very interested in science and sports as a youngster, particularly baseball. He ran track sprints at Bx. H.S.of Science, and was President of the Geology Club. He was given a baseball schlolarship to CIty College. Always having a great love of knowledge, at City College he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and the Sigma Society. He was also given an honorary medal in Geology. He had an interest in journalism and science in those years. He went to graduate school at Massachusettes Institute of Technology, where he received a PHD in Meterology in four years, and also was the proud captain of the softball team. After he received his PHD, he continued to work at MIT on his research in meteorology. During that time he published a book and many scientific research articles. In 1960 he was asked to be a Senior Research Scientist at the Traveler's Research Center in Hartford, CT. He enjoyed that position because it enabled him to continue his research in the General Circulation Project. He continued to write many scientific papers while he was there, supported by government research grants and contracts. In 1961, Barry met Sheila Eisenberg on a blind date. They were introduced by a friend of both families who had never met either of them, but knew their families and background and thought they might enjoy each other's company. The attraction was very strong, and they talked all evening. It was love at first sight! Sheila knew he was serious when Barry commuted weekly to NYC to date her. They became engaged shortly thereafter and married June 10, 1962 at the 5th Ave. Synagogue with three Rabbis officiating. They were blessed with two children born in Hartford, CT. Their son, Matthew David was born on Oct. 29, 1964, and a daughter Jennifer Ann was born on Jan.17, 1967. In 1964, Barry discovered a set of equations, known as the "Saltzman Equations" that were found helpful in understanding and promoting the "Chaos Theory" in Physics which was introduced by Prof. Ed Lorenze of MIT. They were acknowledged by Prof. Lorenz in many references. In 1968 Barry was offered a full Professorship in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University to teach Meteorology. He taught there for 33 years. While ar Yale, he studied the ice age and its' contributions to the theory of climate. He was loved and respected by many devoted graduate students, who referred to him as "The Father of Climate." For many years, Barry was the Editor of the prestigious "Advances in Geophysics," which contributed greatly to the knowledge and growth of the science of physics of the earth.He was a member of the Academy of Science at Lisbon, Portugal, a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and also a fellow of the AAAS the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1998, Barry was honored by the American Meteorological Society for a lifetime achievement award for his research in "The Theory of Climate". He was given the Carl Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest award one can attain in his field. His graduate students, his peers, his children and his wife, all attended the meeting in Phoenix Arizona for this proud moment. Two years later, in 2000, Barry was was diagnosed with a rare and serious illness. During the last year of his life, drawing upon his great courage and intellectual fortitude, he completed an important book about his life's work entitled, "Dynamical Paleoclimatology Generalized Theory of Global Climate Change." Barry was a loving and caring father to Matthew and Jennifer. He encouraged them to find something they loved doing, and urged them to do it the best they could. He became a coach of a boy's baseball team in Woodbridge to help Matt and other children enjoy his beloved baseball. When Jennifer became interested in tennis, captain of her high school's tennis team, he supported her wish to go to tennis camp, and practiced with her happily at the high school tennis courts. When Matt became enamoured of golf, he got all of us to play together. His love of sports was certainly passed on to his children. It also gave us years of pleasure in doing things together as a family team. Barry was a terrific husband, understanding, encouraging and a had a wealth of information. He encouraged me to develop my own interests whether in the community, the home or my work. He had a warn and welcoming smile, and was comfortable with all people. For someone so intellecturally endowed, with interests so broad, he was a modest man. He always loved to learn, and he always knew that there was more to learn. He practiced what he preached. He was a wonderful teacher, a great lecturer, a talented writer, and a mentor to many eager students. He passed away on Feb. 5, 2001. A Rabbi I heard once said that "life is a gift of time." Fortunately, his was a wonderful, fulfilled life, with the admiration of his family, friends and colleagues world wide.

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Barry Saltzman's Timeline

February 26, 1931
New York, New York, New York, United States
February 5, 2001
Age 69
Woodbridge, CT, Connecticut, United States
New Haven, New Haven, CT, United States