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Mark A. Cane is the G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Like so many other oceanographers, Cane was born in Brooklyn, New York, in the days before the Dodgers left and precipitated the decline of American civilization. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Harvard, both in Applied Mathematics, and a PhD in Meteorology from MIT in 1976. With Lamont colleague Stephen Zebiak, he devised the first numerical model able to simulate El Niño. In 1985 they used this model to make the first physically based forecasts of El Niño. The Zebiak-Cane model continues to be a mainstay in ENSO studies. Cane was instrumental in the creation of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and he founded and directed the interdisciplinary Master of Arts Program in Climate and Society. His honors include the Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society (1992), the Cody Award in Ocean Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2003), the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award from the World Meteorological Organization (2009), and the Maurice Ewing Medal of the American Geophysical Union (2013). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.