Despite being perhaps the foremost British meteorologist of the twentieth century, Reginald Sutcliffe has been understudied
and underappreciated. His impact continues to this day every time you check the weather forecast. Reginald Sutcliffe and the
Invention of Modern Weather Systems Science not only details Sutcliffe's life and ideas, but it also illuminates the impact
of social movements and the larger forces that propelled him on his consequential trajectory. Less than a century ago, a
forecast of the weather tomorrow was considered a practical impossibility. This book makes the case that three important advances
guided the development of modern dynamic meteorology, which led directly to the astounding progress in weather forecasting-and
that Sutcliffe was the pioneer in all three of these foundational developments: the application of the quasi-geostrophic simplification
to the equations governing atmospheric behavior, adoption of pressure as the vertical coordinate in analysis, and development
of a diagnostic equation for vertical air motions.
Shining a light on Sutcliffe's life and work will, hopefully,
inspire a renewed appreciation for the human dimension in scientific progress and the rich legacy bequeathed to societies
wise enough to fully embrace investments in education and basic research. As climate change continues to grow more dire, modern
extensions of Sutcliffe's innovations increasingly offer some of the best tools we have for peering into the long-term future
of our environment.