Philip D. Thompson ogy was the most fas- 1922-1994 cinating and challeng- ing branch of any of the sciences. That led di- Philip Duncan Thompson (colonel, U.S. Air Force, rectly to my applying retired 1962) died on 3 Septembe r 1994. He had a long (at Rossby's urging) for and productive career that spanned five decades of cadet school at his In- evolution in meteorology, an evolution in which he stitute of Meteorology played a central role. His main areas of research over at the University of Chi- this period had been the large-scale dynamics of the cago in the fall of 1942." atmosphere, numerical weather prediction, and statis- tical theory of turbulence. Following gradua- Thompson was born on 6 April 1922 in Rossville, tion and commission- Indiana, and was raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illi- ing, Thompson served nois. He recalled (in a tape d interview) that "among my in 1943-1944 as an in- most early experiences were summers that I spent structor in the Chicago with my father (a professor of zoology at the University program and then had of Illinois) on a laboratory boat that he used for making tours of duty as an air fish population census[es]
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1995
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