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For Release: Feb. 6, 1997

Catherine E. Watson
(757) 864-6122

Release No. 97-010

NASA Scientist Wins Author Award From Meteorological Society

Dr. Jack Fishman, a senior research scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., is the 1996 co-recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Louis J. Battan Author's Award. Fishman and Robert Kalish, an environmental journalist from Bath, Maine, were honored for their book, The Weather Revolution, on Feb. 5 at the society’s annual banquet in Long Beach, Calif.

Fishman has conducted research on global pollution since 1979. A satellite technique Fishman developed in the late 1980s first identified large pollution plumes coming from southern Africa that pollute the entire Southern Hemisphere. In 1992, Fishman led a NASA-sponsored expedition to the South Atlantic region to study this pollution. In 1993, he was awarded NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

Fishman and Kalish also co-authored Global Alert, The Ozone Pollution Crisis in 1990. Fishman and Kalish are cousins who grew up together in St. Louis, Mo. Fishman said, "Spending most of my life writing research results for technical presentations, I found it particularly challenging bringing this information down to a level that could be understood by a general audience. After spending nearly three years writing this book in collaboration with my cousin, whose background is journalism, the end result was very rewarding and it's particularly exciting to receive the recognition from the AMS."

The Louis J. Battan Author's Award is presented to an author (or authors) of an outstanding, newly published book of a technical or non-technical nature, with consideration to those books that foster public understanding of atmospheric science. The Weather Revolution describes how advances in technology and our understanding of meteorology will provide better weather forecasts before the turn of the century. Louis J. Battan, the award's namesake, contributed outstanding research efforts in radar meteorology and wrote several books aimed at non-scientists.

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