I’m curious as to when this happened. Cato claimed him in August 2013 – perhaps then? No, it was earlier: May 2013. If you look at his wiki page you won’t find the E-word anywhere. Perhaps someone should update it?
The article I started with invites you to meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT but this is clearly wrong: he’s no longer a prof at MIT, he’s an E-prof. So he can’t be the APS prof. He could be the APS E-prof, but he isn’t. Cato gets it right: Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at MIT, where he was the Alfred P. Sloan Professor.
From the article we find stuff like Lindzen has made the strange journey from being a pioneer in his field and eventual IPCC coauthor to an outlier in the discipline but that’s not really true. L did a few big things related to atmospheric dynamics: atmospheric tides, QBO – read his wiki page for details – this was all great work, no doubt about it. But after, say, 1972 he’s done very little. And the early work, sort-of, was a bit dead-endish. Atmospheric tides: great. But it doesn’t lead anywhere. Gravity waves feeding QBO was good, and gravity waves are certainly relevant to present-day GCMs and climate work, and QBO is still an active area, but L’s stuff was all a bit to one side; calling him a pioneer is odd; he’s been off-mainstream for 40 or more years (also the article’s description of his involvement with the IPCC is deceptive; it suggests more involvement than occurred). In fact, as he pretty well says in the article, L is more of a dynamic meteorologist than a climatologist; insofar as those distinctions mean much.