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Joanne Simpson at the International Meteorological Organization Prize Ceremony held by the World Meteorological Organization in November 2002. Her husband Bob Simpson is to the right of her. Credit: NASA

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Dr. David Atlas, a meteorologist known as one of the "Founding Fathers of Radar Meteorology" will be signing his book Reflections: A Memoir at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Feb 10 and 11, in Long Beach, Calif.CREDIT: NASA

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Simpson is internationally acclaimed for her 54 years of pioneering work on cloud modeling, observational experiments on convective cloud systems and hurricane research. Simpson is currently NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s chief scientist for Meteorology and the former project scientist for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Observatory. CREDIT: RSIS

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February 06, 2003 - (date of web publication)

NASA SCIENTISTS AUTOGRAPH BOOKS AT THE AMS CONFERENCE

 

Joanne Simpson receiving her award

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Dr. Joanne Simpson and Dr. David Atlas will autograph copies of their books at the 83rd Annual American Meteorological Society meeting to be held in Long Beach, Calif., from February 9-13, 2003. The celebrated meteorologists will be available to discuss their extensive research and sign books on Monday at 2:30 P.M. and on Tuesday at 9:45 A.M. in the Exhibit Hall B of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

Joanne Simpson will sign the named monograph dedicated to her: Cloud Systems, Hurricanes, and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), edited by Wei-Kuo Tao and Robert Adler. This monograph is a fitting tribute to a true pioneer in tropical meteorology research and describes many of the high points of her illustrious career culminating in her management of the crucial and highly successful TRMM project.

 

Dr. David Atlas

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Simpson is internationally acclaimed for her 54 years of pioneering work on cloud modeling, observational experiments on convective cloud systems and hurricane research. Through her original ideas and efforts, Simpson shepherded the NASA development of the TRMM satellite from its inception through its launch as the first rain radar instrument in space. This mission ranks among her greatest achievements and will speed progress in modeling and predicting weather and climate resulting in improved forecasting of short-term climate variability.

Simpson is currently NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s chief scientist for Meteorology and the former project scientist for the TRMM Observatory.

 

Dr. Joanne Simpson

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She has received many awards and honors during her long career and, in 2002, became the first woman to receive the prestigious International Meteorological Organization Prize by the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Throughout her professional life Simpson has served as a mentor and role model for young scientists, particularly women. In 1949, she became the first woman to ever receive a Ph.D. in meteorology. In 2001, the AMS honored Simpson with the Charles F. Anderson Award in recognition of her outstanding and extraordinary contributions to the promotion of educational outreach, educational service, and diversity in the AMS and broader communities.

Simpson's other awards include the Rossby Research Medal, the highest award of the American Meteorological Society, which she received in 1983, and Goddard's first Nordberg Award for Earth Sciences in 1994.

She has held numerous positions within the American Meteorological Society, including two terms as Councilor in the 1970's, Commissioner of Scientific and Technological Activities, 1981-1987, President in 1989, and Publications Commissioner, 1992 to 1988.

Simpson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1988. She has been listed in Who's Who of American Women since 1972 and in Who's Who in America since 1980. She was elected an Honorary Member of the American Meteorological Society in 1995 and an Honorary Member of the Royal Meteorological Society of Great Britain in 1999.

David Atlas will also sign copies of his recently published book Reflections: A Memoir. This is an entertaining book that combines reflections and commentary on the various stages of David’s career in the field of weather radar. He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of radar meteorology that has revolutionized our understanding of atmospheric processes and our ability to predict them.

In 1955, Atlas received a doctorate degree in Meteorology from MIT while working at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory where he led the weather radar research program for 18 years. He headed both the Atmospheric Technology Division and the National Hail Research Experiment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In 1977, he established and headed the Laboratory for Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where is currently the Laboratory for Atmospheres Distinguished Visiting Scientist.

He was President of the AMS in 1975 and he was honored with the AMS Rossby Medal in 1996. Atlas was also elected an honorary member of the AMS in 2001. He received the Robert M. Losey Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1966 and the Symonds Memorial medal from the Royal Meteorological Society in 1989. Atlas was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1986.

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