E. Philip Krider Endowed Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences and Physics

E Philip Krider Professor Emeritus

Purpose and Eligibility

The Krider Endowed Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences and Physics shall be awarded to UArizona students who are full-time undergraduate physics majors or Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences majors with an emphasis in atmospheric sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the major and who have a demonstrated interest in applied or experimental physics or physical meteorology or have been accepted into the Atmospheric Sciences Accelerated Master's program. Graduate students with an interest in physical meteorology may also be considered.


Dr. E. Philip Krider's pioneering research on lightning and atmospheric electricity has earned him national and international prominence. He was a Professor and former Head/Director of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences/Institute of Atmospheric Physcis at the University of Arizona (UArizona). 

Krider is also an alumnus of the UArizona where he received a Master of Science degree in Physics in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1969. He is the author or co-author of more than 140 scientific publications and holds 8 patents. 

Dr. Krider is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and, in 1985, he received the AMS Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advance of Applied Meteorology. He is a former Co-Chief Editor and Editor of the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences; Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research; and he is past President of the IUGG/IAMAS International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity. 

In 2008 he received the Blitzer Award for "Excellence in Teaching of Physics and Related Sciences" from the University of Arizona Department of Physics, and, in 2009, he was named a UArizona College of Science Galileo Circle Fellow. 

Dr. Krider led the team that developed the lightning sensing technique that is now being used in the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network and by similar networks in more than 40 foreign countries. 

He conducted research at the NASA Kennedy Space Center for many years and has chaired the NASA/Air Force/FAA advisory panel that ensures lightnigh safety during spaceflight operations. In 1976, Dr. Krider co-founded a successful Tucson company, Lightning Location and Protection, Inc. (now a division of Vaisala), and he is a noted historian of 18th century science. 

Dr. Krider established the Krider Endowed Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences and Physics in 2012 in memory of his father, Edmund Authur Krider; his mother, Ruth Abbott Krider; and his brother, William Arthur Krider.


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