UNION, NJ -- Dr. Constantine Zois has accomplished a lot in his field (Meteorology) and his life. He retired at nearly 80 years old from a career at Kean College that spanned 50 years and included time as an educator (Professor), researcher, Department founder/Chair, and the author of several workbooks, critical papers, a Doctoral Thesis on the Newark Heat Island, and lab manuals. He credits a lot of it to his mother.
Dr. Zois’ mom was no scientist, but she was literary, and penned hundreds of poems. She was also an intellectual, who helped stir her son’s inquisitive side. This is where Dr. Zois first discovered his love of the surrounding climate.
One of Dr. Zois’ several books is considered a coffee table book, and it’s also the one he dedicated to his deceased daughter. Cloud Anthology (2011) is a collection of stunning photos of the clouds that Constantine Zois took. Cloud Anthology explains the different types of cloud formations and has been admired by students and teachers as well as the general public.
Dr. Zois’ chosen field of Meteorology sprung from his love of Math. He says we don’t realize how intricately math and complex calculations are involved in Meteorology. Many educators helped pique his interest and shape Dr. Zois’ future career.
Studying Meteorology tells us about the climate, today, tomorrow and in the past, and might be a clue to the climate change issue. Dr. Zois says that climate change is real, and that it is warmer now than 100 or 1,000 years ago. The temperature will surely continue to shift, Dr. Zois says.
That expression is typical of the humor that keeps Dr. Zois going. He says being positive, knowing how to laugh, and being smart about risk are some keys to longevity.