HurdCurtissWillett deeply involved in research of upper wind patterns. It 1903-1992 was this research that led to the discovery of the jet stream and later, in 1951, to his being given the Award Attempting to even for Extraordinary Scientific Achievement by the AMS. summarize the life Also during the 1940s, like many meteorology profes- and contributions of sors at MIT and other institutions, he both worked at Hurd Curtiss Willett training forecasters for service in World War II and in this short space served as a civilian consultant in improving the fore- may well result in dis- casting techniques at U.S. Army air bases in both appointment to those Canada and Europe. That service resulted in a citation from the army. who knew him, both as students and col- But awards were much less important to Willett than leagues. Hopefully, the opportunity to study the atmosphere with individu- however, these words als such as Rossby, Walter J. Humphreys, and Vilhelm will at least sketch an and Jacob Bjerknes, whom he considered to be the outline of his impor- giants of the science. With a modesty that many have tance and influence as a meteorologist to those who, described as
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 1992
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