Jose Rial (PhD ‘79) passed away from lung cancer on April 25. He was dedicated to studying climate and geophysics. He continued to teach and do research until February of this year, when he missed his first class in 32 years due to pericarditis (from cancer).
An interesting fact is that his family was exiled from Spain after his father served seven years in prison for being a part of the opposition to Francisco Franco.
Born: Tenerife, Canary Islands
Raised: Caracas, Venezuela
Wife: Omaira Cruz Rial (met in Caracas, Venezuela)
Daughter: Michelle Rial
Granddog: Einstein :)
MSc, Seismology, IISEE, Tokyo, Japan, 8/1972
MSc, Geology, University of Michigan, 9/1975
PhD, Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, 8/1979
Adjunct Professor at UC Santa Cruz (1982 - 1984)
Professor of Geophysics and Climatology at UNC-Chapel Hill (1984-2019)
Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science
Director, Wave Propagation Laboratory
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