Dr. John E. Oliver was educated in England and the United States, obtaining his Ph.D at Columbia University where he served on the faculty before joining Indiana State University. Prior to Professor Emeritus status, he was Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the University Climate Laboratory. He also served as Department Chairperson and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State.
He has published twelve books, the latest being Climatology: An Atmospheric Science coauthored with John Hidore. Dr. Oliver’s work on applied climatology and historic climates has appeared in a wide range of journals while he has made numerous contributions to edited volumes, most recently The Physical Geography of North America. He compiled and edited the National Council for Geographic Education publication Renaissance in the Heartland and was founding editor, with Antony Orme, of the journal Physical Geography, for which, until recently, he served as editor for climatology.
In 1996 he was named Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University and in 1998 was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Climatology Group of the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Oliver recently completed editing The Encyclopedia of World Climatology which is to be published by Springer later this year.
Following his tenure as Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in Australia, he is finalizing, with his Australian coauthor, The Global Climate System to be published by Cambridge University Press in late 2005. His extent of international experience range from Bermuda, as an educator, to Lesotho, where he served as an external examiner.