Kerry Emanuel is an atmospheric scientist and professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on hurricanes. His research focuses on atmospheric convection and the physics of hurricanes. In particular, he has explored the possibility that recent climate change, along with other factors, has contributed to the increased hurricane activity in the Atlantic. He has also contributed to the development of a new technique for assessing tropical cyclone risk. Kerry is the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes and Atmospheric Convection, a very influential book in the atmospheric science community. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Outside of Science: Kerry was an aspiring concert pianist as a young boy.