This site summarizes Emeritus Professor Edward (Ward) Hindman’s (Ph. D., 1975, U. Washington) teaching, research and service in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at The City College of New York between 1988 and his retirement in 2007. Also, the site contains his sailing and current soaring meteorological studies.
Prof. Hindman has been a researcher since 1961 and an educator since 1978. He developed meteorological instruments, first in the early 1960’s under soaring pioneer Paul MacCready, and later with others. He used them to study fogs, clouds, thunderstorms and hurricanes. He conducted theoretical, laboratory and field studies of the effects of human activities on clouds. The field studies were conducted primarily at Storm Peak Laboratory, which he founded in 1981, the Himalayas, in the air and at sea. He mentored numerous students during these studies. During his 1995-96 sabbatical, he led a unique, trans-Himalayan meteorological expedition to Mt. Everest to study air pollution transport and the feasibility of ascending Everest with a sailplane, the ultimate ascent. During his 2005-06 sabbatical at Colorado State University, he and his colleagues characterized and predicted soaring flight using state-of-the-art atmospheric numerical models and validated the predictions through soaring flights. He continues soaring meteorological studies.