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Professor Brian A. Tinsley Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

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

Professor Brian A. Tinsley is an expert in the field of solar influences on the atmosphere.

    DALLAS, TX, December 04, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Professor Brian A. Tinsley with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Tinsley celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, 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.

A professor emeritus, atmospheric and space scientist and physicist of more than 60 years, Dr. Tinsley began his career in academia at the University of Texas (UT) in 1967. An assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas for 11 years beginning in 1967 and later earning the title of full professor by 1976, he has greatly influenced the minds of thousands of students during his tenure.

Dr. Tinsley is an expert in the field of solar influences on the atmosphere. During the late 1980s he notably served as Program Director for Aeronomy (physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere) at the National Science Foundation. There he had the opportunity to discuss long-standing problems in atmospheric meteorology with Program Directors in Meteorology, and as a result, he began researching the question of how solar activity influences weather and climate. There are effects on the century, decadal, and day-to-day timescales. Dr. Tinsley has been responsible for developing a theory for the connection via the solar wind, as an alternative to the traditional view that changes in solar brightness are the connection. He has identified a process where solar activity affects weather and climate via its input into atmospheric electricity, which in turn affects the development of clouds. He has been responsible for data analysis and theoretical work which provides solid support for this theory, and has shown that atmospheric electricity generated by thunderstorms affects the development of distant clouds in the same way.

Writing extensively in his field in various peer-reviewed journals on such topics as data analysis and modeling, Dr. Tinsley also served as an associate editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research and Reviews of Geophysics. A longtime member of numerous national and international organizations as well, in his earlier years he also served as chairman of division II for the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy between 1973 and 1979 and as a member of the U.S. national committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics between 1975 and 1979.

Dr. Tinsley has always enjoyed the sciences, particularly physics and chemistry, as well as mathematics. Going on to college, he studied both geology and philosophy, but eventually narrowed in on physics. Earning a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1958, he then completed a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics in 1961 and 1963, respectively. Moving to the United States shortly thereafter, Dr. Tinsley began working at the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, which later became known as the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Tinsley was an Orson Anderson scholar of the Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1995 and 1996. For his work, he has been showcased in the 63rd edition of Who's Who in America and the fifth edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1937, Dr. Tinsley moved to the United States in 1963, just after marrying his late wife, Beatrice M. Tinsley, in 1961. His wife, who studied at the University of Texas at Austin, became a well-known and well-respected astrophysicist before passing away in 1981. In her honor, the University of Texas at Austin created an endowed professorship bearing her name. Dr. Tinsley has since remarried Yvon Reeder. He has four children and three grandchildren.

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

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