A few weeks ago I attended a centenary celebration of an Iraqi scientist called Abdul Jabbar Abdulla. While there I met one of my former tutors who taught me in my first year of university. It brought back happy memories. My tutor gave a speech about the scientist:
“He was born in 1911, was a distinguished Iraqi atmospheric scientist who tried to put advanced mathematics into meteorology during the 1950s and 1960s of last century. He was educated in mathematics and physics at the American University in Beirut and then in Atmospherics Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. He made mathematical models to predict the power and direction of tornadoes and applied them to the system of North America.
“Later he worked as President of Baghdad University where he contributed greatly to higher education and scientific research of Iraq. In 1963 he was expelled and badly treated by the Iraqi authorities. He resumed his research in the United State at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where he produced important work on tornado dynamics and related work on theoretical atmospheric physics. He died in 1969 aged 58 years old.”