Friedrich H. Busse is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and Professor in Residence at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich in 1962 and spent postdoctoral years at MIT and at UCLA. He was a professor at UCLA from 1970 to 1984 before he moved to Bayreuth. He is interested in fluid dynamics and its applications in geophysics and astrophysics. In 2008 he was recognized as an Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society.