Verner E. Suomi, also known as the "father of sphere as an entity. The camera revolutionized weather satellite meteorology," was chosen to receive the 38th obervation, and in 1984, the Franklin Institute gave International Meteorological Prize (IMO) by the 45th Suomi its highest award, the Franklin Medal, for his session of the World Meteorological Organization camera. The camera system is now used on U.S. (WMO) Executive Council. geostationary meteorological satellites. The prize was established by WMO in 1955 to Suomi is currently involved in the development of commemorate its predecessor organization, the IMO, an atmospheric temperature sounder for the synchro- which initiated international collaboration in meteorol- nous satellite program, a long-sought goal of the U.S. ogy in 1873. In 1951 IMO was transformed into the satellite program. WMO—a specialized agency of the United Nations. In 1985, Suomi was one of 100 American scientists Suomi is well known in the scientific community for to receive a commemorative medal from the Soviet his contributions to remote sensing from both polar Geophysical Committee for his contributions to the orbiting and geostationary satellites. His unique in- fulfillment of international programs in geophysics. sights into the physics of the atmosphere and his Suomi has
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1993
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