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Craig Stanley Lingle, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Lingle has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of earth science and higher education

    FAIRBANKS, AK, November 01, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Craig Stanley Lingle, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Lingle has many years' of experience in his profession and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Glaciologist and research professor emeritus Dr. Lingle was born in New Mexico in 1945, then was raised in Seattle, Washington, by his parents, Stanley O. Lingle (1914 - 2010) and Margaret P. Lingle (1915-2009), along with his younger sister, Vicki K. Lingle (of Richmond, British Columbia, an interior designer) and his younger brother, Bruce G. Lingle (of Kirkland, Washington, owner of a car body repair business). Subsequently he lived and worked in a number of states: Washington, Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Alaska, where he currently resides. His extensive experience in earth science began with working for Professors Terence Hughes and George Denton, and David H. Schilling, mathematician, as a graduate student research assistant, on a numerical modeling project at the University of Maine Orono which reconstructed the great ice sheets that existed globally during the last ice age maximum (about 20,000 years ago). This effort was part of a multi-university project called CLIMAP. He has since studied the flow of ice and catastrophic retreat extensively, which can be irreversible if an ice sheet is grounded below sea level on a bed that slopes down toward the ice sheet interior, as is, for instance, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. When ice sheet disintegration and retreat occurs, it causes non-uniform sea-level rise because the changing ice and water loads deform the solid earth and distort the earth's gravity field.

Dr. Lingle became interested in glaciology as a result of climbing mountains, mostly during his late teens and 20's (1963 to '74). During this time period he was an electrical engineering student at the University of Washington, Seattle (1963-'67); worked at Boeing (1968); then studied geology for two years and obtained a secondary teaching certificate (while working as a night computer operator) at the University of Washington (1968-'70); then taught high school and junior high school (electronics, earth science, oceanography, and biology) for four years in Juneau, Alaska (1970-'74). He climbed approximately 77 peaks, in total, in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains of Washington, the Tetons, Wind River, and Big Horn Ranges of Wyoming, in the Northern Coast Mountains of SE Alaska, in the Canadian Rockies and Colorado Rockies, and in east Africa. His climbs included four first ascents in the Coast Mountains of SE Alaska: West and East Mendenhall Towers (1971, with Dick Benedict and Bruce Tickell); Sinclair Mountain (1973, with Joe Greenough and Gerald Buckley); and Horn Spire (1973, with Bruce Tickell, Dick Benedict, and Gerald Buckley). Other climbs included the Grand Teton in Wyoming (1969, with Shirley Pytlak); Mt. Robson in the Canadian Rockies (1973, with Dick Benedict and Kay Greenough [now McCarthy]); and Mt. Rainier in the Washington Cascades (1967, with Lew Thorson and Darv LLoyd).

On Aug. 21, 1972, Dr. Lingle and Ms. Diana Lynn Duncan (Lingle) were married. They travelled extensively together, around the world, west to east, during summer 1972, then around the world again, east to west, during about 9 months of 1974-'75. These enlightening experiences, during which they travelled inexpensively funded with out-of-pocket savings, and did much backpacking and bicycling, greatly increased their appreciation of other cultures. Trekking in the Himalayas, including to the base of Mt. Everest and into the great cirque below Mt. Annapurna, also increased Dr. Lingle's interest in glaciers. Diana, previously a newspaper reporter then, during 1971-'73, a journalism and English high school teacher in Juneau, Alaska, subsequently became a registered nurse -- she earned a B.S. in nursing at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1982 -- a field in which she attained broad experience. Kind and compassionate, she has helped a great many people. She gave birth to their son, Eric G. Lingle, in 1982. Eric earned Eagle Scout, lettered on the varsity swim team and graduated from West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, then graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz, served in the Peace Corps for 2 years in Uganda, east-central Africa, and now works at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. He is an accomplished downhill skier. Craig and Diana divorced on July 7, 2012, after almost 40 years of marriage.

Dr. Lingle earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington (1967), then later earned a Master of Science in Geological Sciences at the University of Maine Orono (1978), where his thesis advisor was Professor Terence J. Hughes, glaciologist. During this time period he also worked for Professor James A. Clark (then a PhD graduate student) at the University of Colorado Boulder, on the problem of non-uniform relative sea-level changes on a deformable earth caused by deglaciation after the last ice age maximum (while on leave from the University of Maine). Subsequently Dr. Lingle earned a PhD in Geophysics at the University of Wisconsin Madison (1983), where his thesis advisor was Professor Charles R. Bentley, Antarctic geophysicist. He then worked at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, as a National Research Council Resident Research Associate (RRA, 1983-'84), then as a research associate (1984-86), where his research involved numerical modeling of Jakobshavns Ice Stream, West Greenland, Whillans Ice Stream, West Antarctica, and the Ross Ice Shelf. On the latter effort he collaborated further with David H. Schilling (associate professor of mathematics, University of Wisconsin Barron County, Rice Lake), and with Tim Brown (then a computer programmer, of CIRES), and Dr. James Fastook (glaciologist and professor of computer science, University of Maine).

Subsequently Dr. Lingle accepted a position as Program Manager for Polar Glaciology in the Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, in Washington, D.C. (1986-'87), then worked as a consultant for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1987-'88), while located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he worked with Dr. H. Jay Zwally's ice sheet altimetry group. He then accepted a National Research Council RRA (1988-'90), in the Oceans and Ice Branch at NASA GSFC, where he continued to work with Dr. Zwally, on applications of satellite radar altimetry to the polar ice sheets.

In 1990 Dr. Lingle accepted a position as research associate professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he managed NASA-funded research programs based on satellite radar altimetry, spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, and numerical modeling, and mentored graduate students James J. Roush (M.S., 1996), Dennis R. Fatland (Ph.D., 1998), J. Brent Ritchie (M.S., 2007), and Reginald R. Muskett (Ph.D., 2007). With colleagues Dr. Shusun Li and Dr. Rudi Gens, he initiated and co-taught a course in geophysical applications of spaceborne SAR interferometry. During 1997-'98 he served as acting director of the Alaska SAR Facility (operated by the Geophysical Institute under contract to NASA). He was promoted to research professor in 2000, and served as snow, ice, and permafrost group leader 2003-'07.

During 2001-'07 Dr. Lingle was principal investigator, with co-investigators Dr. Edward L. Bueler (professor of applied mathematics, UAF), Dr. David N. Covey (computer scientist and mathematician, Geophysical Institute, UAF), and Jed Brown (an undergraduate then graduate research assistant in mathematics at UAF, now on the computer science faculty, University of Colorado Boulder), of the NASA-funded development project that resulted in the parallel ice sheet model (PISM). PISM was the first time- and temperature-dependent ice sheet model to employ massively-parallel computation on a supercomputer (at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks), and the first to incorporate fast ice stream flow. It was licensed as open-source code by Dr. Bueler and made publicly available, with user support including a comprehensive manual. PISM has been adopted by many ice sheet modeling groups worldwide, and as of 2017, continues to be considered the most physically-rigorous, state of the art ice sheet model extant. Since 2007, when Dr. Lingle became research professor emeritus, Professor Bueler has been principal investigator and, with his colleagues, has carried out continuing development and user support for PISM.

A longstanding member of the International Glaciological Society and formerly a longstanding member of the American Geophysical Union, Dr. Lingle has authored and co-authored 33 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 5 book chapters, 3 papers in conference volumes, many abstracts summarizing conference presentations, and 6 articles in mountaineering publications, including 1 in the American Alpine Journal (Horn Spire, 1974). He was a contributing author to the chapter on Sea Level Rise, in Climate Change: a Scientific Assessment, which was the first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990). His papers were on the topics of relative sea-level changes caused by thinning and retreat of the Antarctic ice sheet since the last ice age maximum, including the effects of solid-earth deformation and associated distortion of the earth's gravity field; the effects of relative sea-level changes at ice stream grounding lines and solid-earth deformation on retreat of polar ice streams since the last ice age maximum; measurements of the ice sheets with satellite radar altimetry; surging of large Alaska-Yukon glaciers measured with SAR imagery including SAR interferometry; the mass balances of Alaska-Yukon glaciers; and numerical modeling of ice streams, ice shelves, and large ice sheets.

During his career, Dr. Lingle has been the recipient of a 1987 Antarctic Service Medal of the U.S. from the National Science Foundation; a 1990 Research Project of the Month Award from the Office of Health and Environmental Research, U.S. Department of Energy; a 1992 Group Achievement Award from NASA; and a 2003 Letter of Commendation and medal from Lilly Pharmaceutical Corp. (for managing type 1 diabetes successfully for 50 years). He has also been highlighted in more than 50 editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in the World. Now retired and less physically active, Dr. Lingle enjoys regular Pilates sessions.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Craig Stanley Lingle, PhD, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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