Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Brian Alfred Tinsley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics and higher education.
Interested in the mechanical aspect of science from a formative age, Dr. Tinsley was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge. Discovering his curiosity for the way the world worked, he found that it can be best understood through science, particularly physics and chemistry. A native of Wellington, New Zealand, he attended the University of Canterbury, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in physics. Subsequent to earning his doctorate, he relocated to the United States, where he served as a research associate at the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies from 1963 to 1966. Thereafter, he advanced to a research scientist at the center from 1966 to 1967 before delving into education at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he ascended the ranks from assistant professor to associate professor and full professor. Now a professor emeritus, he celebrates more than five decades of experience in the field.
Dr. Tinsley is renowned for his research on atmospheric and space physics, wherein he identified a process by which solar activity affects global weather and climate via atmospheric electricity in the clouds. From 1973 to 1979, he was chairman of division II of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, having also served as a member of the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Later in his career, he acted as a program director for aeronomy with the National Science Foundation from 1986 to 1988. In an effort to share his wealth of knowledge with his community, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and was the associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research in the 1970s.
In recognition of his exceptional undertakings, Dr. Tinsley was named an Orson Anderson scholar through the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1995 to 1996. He has further been highlighted in the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America.
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