Richard S. Lindzen was a distinguished senior fellow. He is also emeritus professor of meteorology at MIT, where he was the Alfred P. Sloan Professor, beginning in 1983. Prior to that he was the Robert P. Burden Professor of Dynamic Meteorology at Harvard University.
Lindzen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Jule Charney award for "highly significant research" in the atmospheric sciences from the American Meteorological Society and the Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineer's Council in 2009.
Lindzen's pioneering research in atmospheric dynamics has led to his conclusion that the sensitivity of surface temperature to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide is considerably below that necessary to generate disastrous climate change. At Cato, Lindzen focuses on the interaction between science and policymakers. He studies whether the move from largely private funding to public support has introduced biases into science and the public policies informed by science.
Lindzen attended Harvard University where he studied physics and applied mathematics. His PhD is in applied mathematics.