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2003-21 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2003

Warren Washington Elected to American Philosophical Society


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
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BOULDER—Warren Washington, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and chair of the National Science Board, was elected into the 260-year-old American Philosophical Society on April 26. Washington heads the Climate Change Research Section at NCAR."It is an honor to be part of a society that brings together science, arts, humanities, and a wide spectrum of professions," Washington says.

Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the American Philosophical Society is the oldest society in the United States devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry. It recognizes achievements in science, letters, and the arts by publishing scholarly books and journals, supporting research through a program of grants, and maintaining a library rich in materials on the history of science and technology.

The Society currently has 748 resident members and 143 foreign members. It elected 43 new resident members and eight foreign members at its annual meeting. Along with Washington, new members include Carl Wunsch, professor of physical oceanography at MIT; James Baker, president and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences; Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation; and Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times.

Washington is an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric science and climate research who specializes in computer modeling of Earth's climate. He joined NCAR in 1963 after earning degrees in physics and meteorology from Oregon State University and Pennsylvania State University. Last year he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for pioneering the development of coupled climate models.

Washington was first appointed to the National Science Board by then-President Clinton in 1995. The National Science Board is the governing board for the National Science Foundation and advises the Executive Branch and Congress on science-related matters. He has been a consultant and advisor on climate-system modeling to a number of government officials and committees.

From 1978 to 1984, he served on the President's National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. He was a member of the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board from 1990 to 1993 and has been on the Secretary of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee since 1990.

Washington has received numerous awards, including the Biological and Environmental Research Program Exceptional Service Award for Atmospheric Science from the U.S. Department of Energy; the National Weather Service Modernization Award; the Dr. Charles Anderson Award from the American Meteorological Society; the Celebrating 20th Century Pioneers in Atmospheric Sciences Award at Howard University; and the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award in recognition of significant and unique contributions in the field of science. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


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