Professor Tung received his baccalaureate and master's degrees at the California Institute of Technology, both in 1972, in the field of Aeronautical Engineering. He earned his doctorate degree in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University in 1977, where he also stayed on for two more years as a postdoc before moving on to MIT, first as an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and then as an Associate Professor. He became a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 1985. Professor Tung joined the Department as Professor of Applied Mathematics in 1988 and became Department Chair in August 1993, a position he held until July 2007. He was the Chief Editor of Journal of Atmospheric Sciences until 2013. Currently he is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and of the Royal Meteorological Society. Professor Tung's current research interest is in the area of Climate Change.
- Faculty named fellows of AMS - May 15, 2013