President: Dr. Tony Gow

Dr. Tony Gow

Dr. Tony Gow is an highly regarded glaciologist and a veteran of ice core research, both in the field and the laboratory where he has focused primarily  on physical properties analysis. He has also maintained a diversified approach to ice in all its forms including significant research on the physical characteristics of lake, river and sea ice.  Following his initial involvement in 1957-58 as a team member of a United States core drilling project in Antarctica, he has subsequently participated as a principal investigator in a number of deep ice core drilling  programs, including a 1967-68 project at Byrd Station, Antarctica that penetrated bedrock at a depth of 2164m.  Additional core drilling  programs in which Tony also participated included the second Greenland Ice Sheet Project (GISP2) that penetrated the bottom of the ice sheet at 3054m depth in 1993 and the 1997-99 project at Siple Dome, Antarctica that also reached bedrock at 1004m depth.

Tony's contribution to polar glaciology has been recognized by the 1994 award of the Seligman Crystal from the International Glaciological Society, election in 1998 to Fellowship in the American Geophysical Union, the 2001 award of the Goldthwait Medal from the Byrd Polar Research Center, the American Polar Society award in 2004 and the naming of an Antarctic mountain after him, the 1770m Mt. Gow.

Originally from Blenheim, New Zealand, Tony received his university education at Victoria University of Wellington and was awarded a D.Sc. in 1973.  Though retired from the U.S. Årmy Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory since 1998, after 41 years of service, Tony still retains an active role in the laboratory's ice and snow research program.