Obituaries

Jacobs, Stanley J., January 26, 2017

AtreyaStanley Joel Jacobs, Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences* and Professor of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, died January 26, 2017 in El Cerrito, California. He was 80.

A native of Wisconsin, Professor Jacobs received his BS degree from Northwestern University in 1959 and his MS and PhD degrees from Harvard University in 1960 and 1963, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1964 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Oceanography*.

In 1968 he was promoted to Associate Professor and received a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Science. In 1974 he was promoted to Professor in both departments. Professor Jacobs began his career studying rotating flow as applied to laboratory and geophysical phenomena on water waves and on hydrodynamic stability, resulting in a seminal paper on the Taylor Column. While his primary research was on wave/turbulent interactions with application to oceanography, he also published on the problem of predictability in meteorology, and his work on the “slow manifold” set the field on a sounder mathematical basis. Among his more important contributions were his theoretical studies of progressive water waves, in particular, turbulent flow using asymptotic theory and mass transport in viscous flow.

Professor Jacobs was active in the department’s educational program throughout his career. He developed the physical oceanography curriculum, took the lead in teaching the dynamics courses in both atmospheric science and oceanography, and served on numerous doctoral committees. His contributions also included service as Associate Department Chair, graduate and undergraduate program advisor, and program advisor for the Interdisciplinary Program.

In 2007, Professor Jacobs was a contributing editor on the AOSS and SPRL History, 1837 – 2003, contributing many memories to the endeavor. Professor Jacobs retired from the University in 2003. He is survived by his wife Judith and his daughter Jennifer. He was predeceased by his younger daughter Natalie in 2008. A private burial was held in Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU.

*Now the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering