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Performance Awards through the Years

Below is a compilation of each year's winners of Outstanding Performance Awards, with each category's list beginning in the first year that particular award was given. Coauthors are listed with Outstanding Publication award winners. Honorable mentions have been omitted. Thanks go to NCAR archivist Diane Rabson and to UCAR Communications work-study student Thi Nguyen for assembling this list.

Outstanding Publication Award

1967: Harry van Loon, "The half-yearly oscillation in middle and high southern latitudes and the coreless winter," Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (JAS) 24 (1967), 472-486
1968: J. Doyne Sartor, "The role of particle interactions in the distribution of electricity in thunderstorms," JAS 24 (1967), 601- 615
1969: Ed Zipser, "The role of organized unsaturated convective downdrafts in the structure and rapid decay of an equatorial disturbance," Journal of Applied Meteorology (JAM) 8 (1969), 799-814
1970: Charles and Nancy Knight, "Hailstone embryos," JAS 27 (1970), 659-666; "Lobe structure of hailstones," JAS 27 (1970), 667-671; "The falling behavior of hailstones," JAS 27 (1970), 672- 681
1971: Robert Dickinson, "Analytical model for zonal winds in the tropics," Monthly Weather Review (MWR) 99 (1971)
1972: (two awards)
Art Hundhausen, Coronal Expansion and Solar Wind (New York: Springer-Verlaug, 1972), volume 5 in the series Physics and Chemistry in Space
James Deardorff, "Numerical investigations of neutral and unstable planetary boundary layers," JAS 29 (1972), 91-115
1973: Rainer Bleck, "Numerical forecasting experiments based on the conservation of potential vorticity on isentropic surfaces," JAM 12 (1973), 737-752
1974: Al Cooper, "A possible mechanism for contact nucleation," JAS 31 (1974), 1832-1837
1975: Gerald North, "Analytical solution to a simple climate model with diffusive heat transport," JAS 32 (1975), 1301-1307; and "Theory of energy-balance climate models," JAS 32 (1975), 2033- 2043
1976: Joseph Klemp and Douglas Lilly, "The dynamics of wave- induced downslope winds," JAS 32 (1976), 320-339
1977: (two awards)
James McWilliams, "Maps from the mid-ocean dynamics experiment, part II: potential vorticity and its conservation," Journal of Physical Oceanography 6 (1976), 824-846
Arthur Hundhausen, "An interplanetary review of coronal holes," Coronal Holes and High Speed Wind Streams, ed. Jack Zirker (Boulder, Colo.: University of Colorado Press, 1977)
1978: Grant Athay, The Solar Chromosphere and Corona: The Quiet Sun (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: D. Reidel, 1976)

Photo of Joseph Klemp, 1979 winner
Joseph Klemp accepts his share of the 1979 Outstanding Publication award from John Firor, then NCAR's executive director. (Photo by Charles Semmer)

1979: (two awards)
Joseph Klemp and Robert Wilhelmson, "The simulation of three- dimensional convective storm dynamics," JAS 35 (1978), p. 1070- 1096; "Simulations of right- and left-moving storms produced through storm splitting," JAS 35 (1978), 1907-1110; "A numerical study of storm splitting that leads to long-lived storms," JAS 35 (1978), p. 1974-1986
Dimitri Mihalas, Stellar Atmospheres, 2nd ed. (San Francisco, Calif.: W. H. Freeman, 1978)
1980: (two awards)
William Holland (with Peter Rhines), "An example of eddy-induced ocean circulation," Journal of Physical Oceanography 10 (1980), 1010-1031
Raymond Roble (with Paul Hays), "A quasi-static model of global atmospheric electricity. 1: The lower atmosphere," JGR 84 (1979), 3291-3305; "2: Electrical coupling between the upper and lower atmosphere," JGR 84 (1979), 7247-7256
1981: (two awards)
V. Ramanathan, "The role of ocean-atmospheric interaction in the CO2 climate problem, " JAS 38 (1981), 918-930
Melvyn Shapiro, "Frontogenesis and geostrophically forced secondary circulations in the vicinity of jet-stream frontal zone systems," JAS 38 (1981), 955-973
1982: Boon-Chye Low, "Nonlinear force-free magnetic fields," Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics 20 (1982), 145-159
1983: (two awards)
Victor Pizzo, "A three-dimensional model of corotating streams in the solar wind. 1: Theoretical foundations," JGR 83 (1978), 5563-5572; "2: Hydrodynamic streams," JGR 85 (1980), 727-743; "3: Magnetohydrodynamic streams," JGR 87 (1982), 4374-4394; Pizzo (with R. Schween, E. Marsch, H. Rosenbauer, K.-H. MŸhlhŠuser, and F. M. Neubaue), "Determination of the solar wind angular momentum flux from the Helios data--an observation test of the Weber and Davis theory," Astrophysical Journal 271 (1983), 335-354
Joseph Tribbia, "On variational normal mode initialization," MWR 110 (1982), 455-470; Tribbia, David Williamson, and Roger Daley: "A unified analysis-initialization technique," MWR 111 (1983), 1517- 1536
1984: James Coakley and Francis Bretherton, "Cloud cover from high-resolution scanner data: detecting and allowing for partially filled fields of view, " JGR 87 (1982), 4917-4932; Coakley, "Properties of multilayered cloud systems from satellite imagery," JGR 88 (1983), 10818-10828; Coakley and Daniel Baldwin, "Towards the objective analysis of clouds from satellite imagery data," Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology 23 (1984), 1065-1099
1985: (two awards)
Dimitri and Barbara Mihalas, Foundation of Radiation Hydrodynamics (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1984)
Maurice Blackmon, John Geisler, Gary Bates, and Salvador Mu–oz (with Eric Pitcher), "A general circulation model study of January climate anomaly patterns associated with interannual variation of equatorial Pacific sea surface temperatures, " JAS 40 (1983) 1410-1425; Blackmon, Bates, Geiser, and Munoz, "Sensitivity of January climate response to the magnitude and position of equatorial Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies," JAS 42 (1985) 1037-1049
1986: (two awards)
James Dye (with J. Jones, W. Winn, T. Cerni, B. Gardiner, D. Lamb, R. Pitter, J. Hallett, and C. Saunders), "Early electrification and precipitation development in a small, isolated Montana cumulonimbus," JGR 91 (1986), 1231-1247
Gary Klaassen and Terry Clark, "Dynamics of the cloud-environment interface and entrainment in small cumuli: Two-dimensional simulations in the absence of ambient shear," JAS 42 (1985), 2621- 2642
1987: (two awards)
Richard Harrison, "Solar Coronal Mass Ejections and Flares," Astronomy and Astrophysics 162 (1986), 283-291
Allan Lazrus and Gregory Kok (with Sonia Gitlin and John Lind), "Automated fluorometric method for hydrogen peroxide in atmospheric precipitation," Analytical Chemistry 57 (1985), 917-922; Lazrus, Kok, and Brian Heikes (with Gitlin, Lind, and Richard Shetter), "Automated fluorometric method for hydrogen peroxide in air," Analytical Chemistry 58 (1986), 594-597; Kok and Lazrus (with Kathleen Thompson), "Derivatization technique for the determination of peroxides in precipitation," Analytical Chemistry 58 (1986), 1192- 1194; Heikes, Kok, and Lazrus (with James Walega), "H202, O3, and SO2 measurements in the lower troposphere over the eastern United States during fall," JGR 92 (1987), 915-931
1988: (two awards)
Boon-Chye Low, "Electric current sheet formation in a magnetic field induced by continuous magnetic footpoint displacements," Astrophysical Journal 323 (1987), 358-367; and Low and R. Wolfson, "Spontaneous formation of electric current sheets and the origins of solar flares," Astrophysical Journal 324 (1988), 574- 781
Piotr Smolarkiewicz, Roy Rasmussen, and Terry Clark (MMM), "On the dynamics of Hawaiian cloud bands: Island forcing," JAS 43 (1986), 1872-1905
1989: Chin-Hoh Moeng and John Wyngaard (MMM), "Statistics of conservative scalars in the convective boundary layer," JAS 41 (1984), 3161-3169; "Analysis of closures for pressure-scalar covariances in the convective boundary layer," JAS 43 (1986), 2499-2513; "Spectral analysis of large-eddy simulations of the convective boundary layers," JAS 45 (1988), 3573-3587; "Evaluation of turbulent transport and dissipation closures in second-order modeling" JAS 46 (1989), 2311- 2330
1990: Rolando Garcia (with Susan Solomon, George Reid, and Susan Avery), "Transport of nitric oxide and the D. region winter anomaly," JGR 92 (1987), 977-994
1991: Andrew Crook (with Terry Clark and Mitchell Moncrieff), "The Denver cyclone. Part I: Generation in low Froude number flow," JAS 47 (1990), 2725-2742; and "The Denver cyclone, Part II: Interaction with the convective boundary layer," JAS 48 (1991), 2109-2126
1992: Ralph Keeling and Stephen Shertz, "Seasonal and interannual variations in atmospheric oxygen and implications for the global carbon cycle," Nature 358 (1992), 723-727
1993: Chris Davis, "A potential-vorticity diagnosis of the importance of initial structure and condensation heating in observed extratropical cyclogenesis," MWR 120 (1992), 2409-2428

Technology Advancement Awards

1972: Rainer Bleck, Dave Fulker, Jordan Hastings, and Mel Shapiro for developing, testing, and applying objective isentropic analysis schemes for the improvement of numerical weather forecasting
1973: Bob MacQueen, Jack Eddy, Jack Gosling, Ernie Hildner, Gordon Newkirk, Stu Borland, and Charles Ross for their White Light Coronagraph Experiment for the Apollo Telescope Mount aboard Skylab
1974: Richard Barthuly, Harold Cole, Dan Evans, P. K. Govind, Robert King, Bryan Lee, Dale McKay, Kenneth Norris, Julian Pike, and George Saum for dropwindsonde development for the Global Atmospheric Research Program's Atlantic Tropical Experiment
1975: Charles Frush for the redesign and development of the 60- inch ruby lidar
1976: Thomas Baur for instrumentation development on the Stokes polarimeter
1977: David Robertson and Thomas Wright for their development of the NCAR computer graphics software system
1978: John Gille, Paul Bailey, Stanley Nolte, and Douglas Roewe for their work on limb-viewing techniques for the LIMS (Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere) satellite
1979: Arden Buck for his development of the NCAR Lyman- alpha hygrometer
1980: Victor Borgogno and Robert Brown for developing the Research Data Support System
1981: Richard Oye for developing software to edit data generated by Doppler radar
1982: Charles Frush for his work on NCAR's Doppler radars
1983: Dennis Knowlton for his role in the design and construction of the airborne data system used in NCAR aircraft
1984: Neil Carlson, Dean Lauritsen, Justin Smalley, Sig Stenlund, and Marcel Verstraete for their contributions to the Electrodynamics in the Middle Atmosphere program
1985: Fred Brock, Michl Howard, Steven Semmer, and George Saum for their leadership in the design and development of the second- generation portable automated mesonet
1986: Timothy Brown, David Elmore, Howard Hull, Terry Leach, Gregory Muir, Paula Rubin, Kim Streander, Peter Bandurian, and Daniel Haynes for developing the Fourier tachometer
1987: William Mankin and Michael Coffey for developing the enhanced airborne spectrometer system used in the Antarctic Ozone Hole Experiment
1988: Cleon Biter, Jon Lutz, Gerry Wiener, Bob Barron, Kristi Brislawn, and Dave Albo for developing a display system for the terminal Doppler weather radar
1989: Dean Lauritsen, Tom Gardner, Terry Hock, Vin Lally, Ken Norris, and Sig Stenlund for creation of the lightweight long-range aid to navigation (Loran) digital dropwindsonde
1990: Paul Spyers-Duran, David McFarland, and Herminio Avila for developing the airborne cryogenic frost-point hygrometer
1991: Joost Businger, Tony Delany, Charlie Martin, and Steve Semmer for development of the Atmosphere-Surface Turbulent Exchange Research Facility
1992: Charlie Martin, Terry Hock, Anne-Leslie Barrett, Hal Cole, Mike Spowart, Michl Howard, Warner Ecklund, John Wilson, and David Carter for developing the integrated sounding system network used in TOGA COARE
1993: Ron Errico, Greg Card, Clarke Chambellan, David Elmore, Howard Hull, Terry Leach, Paula Rubin, and Kim Streander for development of the advanced Stokes polarimeter

Technical Support Award

(Research Support Award until 1981)

1972: Robert McBeth for his achievement in supporting 155 days of field work composed of seven programs
1973: Ray Walling for printing and reproduction support

Photo of Toni Chapman Biter
John Firor presents Toni Chapman (now Biter) with the 1974 Research Support Award (now termed the Technical Support Award). (Photo by Bob Bumpas.)

1974: Toni Chapman (now Biter) for her support to the National Hail Research Experiment
1975: K. Redman for her general support to NCAR as a senior editor
1976: (two awards)
Harold Cole for his support to the Viking project meteorological team
Dorothy Trotter for her contributions to analysis of scientific data in solar physics
1977: (two awards)
Edward Elsberry and Michl Howard for designing and supervising construction of the van for carrying the portable automated mesonet (PAM)
Vonda Giesey for general administrative support, including conference management
1978: Justin Kitsutaka for his long history of support in both technical and administrative areas
1979: Lynn Post for her organization and direction of the Word- Processing Committee
1980: Dean Frey, Dennis Joseph, Paul Mulder, Wilbur Spangler, and Gregg Walters for preparing a complete and accessible meteorological data set
1981: (two awards)
Raymond Bovet for developing the software for the Mesoscale Research SectionŐs VAX 11/780 minicomputer
Frank Grahek for designing a system that allowed for the first measurements of total elemental chlorine
1982: Marvin "Bud" Hewitt for his long service to NCAR
1983: Richard Lueb for 20 years of developing varied sampling and telemetry systems
1984: Norm Zrubek for 16 years of sustained contribution in support of the users of NCAR research aircraft
1985: Walter Grotewold for 21 years of design and fabrication services
1986: Gilbert Summers for his exceptional performance during the Genesis of Atlantic Lows Experiment and the Frontal Air-Sea Interaction Experiment
1987: Dennis Joseph for his work in adapting and moving to NCAR a data set of satellite observations
1988: (two awards)
Bill Bragg for delivering high-quality field support to NCAR's facility users
Bob Lee for 40 years of support to HAO
1989: Ed Ringleman, Bob Carl, Harold Barber, and Jim Lundahl for long-term accomplishment in maintaining NCARŐs air fleet
1990: Dick Bobka for 22 years of supporting field programs and maintaining equipment for ATD
1991: Errol Korn, Cathy Irwin, Kurt Knudson, and Carmen Paneitz for deploying and maintaining surface and sounding systems
1992: Ron Murdock, Kendall Southwick, Mark Bradford, Ken Scully, and Wayne Brazille for data management achievements in the Stormscale Operational and Research Meteorology Program's Fronts Experiment Systems Test
1993: Edward Brown for 30 years of support to RAF

Administrative Support Award

1981: Robert Greenwald for his procurement work on such items as building the launch pad at the National Scientific Balloon Facility
1982: Rose Bridgewater for her years of service as manager of NCAR's Office Services Department
1983: (two awards)
Barry White for 15 years of service as the painter of the Mesa Lab walls
Teresa LaCrue (now Rivas) for her administrative service and acumen
1984: Nelder Medrud for his sustained history of service over 18 years
Jeff Reaves for his work in contract administration
1985: Landis Parsons for his work as contracts officer
1986: David Waltman for 20 years of outstanding service to NCAR
1987: Lainie Clark for her work in administering annual blanket orders
1988: Glenn Pursifull for sustained performance as NCAR's lead stationary engineer
1989: Steve Sadler for overseeing asbestos removal at the Mesa Lab
1990: Ed Aden for his operation of the NCAR electronics store over 23 years
1991: Doug Chaney and Stan McLaughlin for designing and developing SCDŐs System Configuration and Interconnection Document
1992: Brigitte Baeuerle for her work on international logistics of TOGA COARE
1993: Velma Ryan for her management of the NCAR cafeteria at the Mesa and Foothills laboratories


In his desire to recognize scientific excellence, Walt Roberts backed up words with action. The founding director of NCAR put up $500 of his own money in 1967 as the prize for the first Outstanding Publication award. Walt also laid out many of the broad guidelines that evolved into today's award criteria (though the initial period of eligibility for a paper was only two years, as opposed to today's five years). "It is my sincere hope," wrote Walt in a memo to staff, "that nominations will be made by scientists not only for the works of their colleagues, but also for their own scientific papers. It seems to me entirely appropriate for a scientist to mention one of his own publications, if he deems it to be his outstanding piece of work. . . ."

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