Richard M. Goody 1921-2023

Richard M. Goody, a pioneer in the field of planetary atmospheres, died on August 3, 2023 in Cockeysville, MD. He was 102 years old.

Richard Goody was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England on June 19, 1921. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1958 and became US citizens in 1965. He is survived by his daughter, Brigid Goody. His wife, Elfriede Goody, and his brother, Jack Goody, preceded him in death.

Dr. Goody attended Cambridge University from which he received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1942. After military service during World War II, he returned to Cambridge to receive his PhD in 1949. He studied radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres. In 1958, he was appointed as Professor of Dynamic Meteorology and Director of the Blue Hill Observatory at Harvard. He remained at Harvard until his retirement in 1991.

Dr. Goody was a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1970 and a member of the American Philosophical Society since 1999.