S. George Philander, Princeton University (image) The Earth Institute at Columbia University Share Print E-Mail Caption S. George Philander of Princeton University quantified the processes that control El Nino, and coined the term "La Nina" for the opposite end of the cycle. Credit Princeton University Usage Restrictions Credit must be given. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.