Bernic e Ackerman in 1946 and received her master's degree in meteorol- ogy with a minor in mathematics in 1948. 1928-1995 During 1948 and 1949, Ackerman worked as a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Bureau. She was Bernice Ackerman, one of the women pioneers in involved with the Thunderstorm Project (the nation's the field of atmospheric sciences, died in Chicago on first major field program in meteorology), an experi- 5 July 1995. Ackerman had a long and distinguished ence that had a lasting effect on her career. From 1949 career, which began in to 1952 she held several positions with the U.S. the 1940s with involve- Weather Bureau, conducting research on extended ment in practically ev- forecasting and tornadoes (during 1950 and 1951) ery facet of the atmo- and working as a hydrologist and preparing river spheric sciences. Her forecasts in Kansas City under Archie Kahan. career included exten- sive research with a With her home roots in Chicago and a desire to focus on cloud physics become more involved in meteorological research, as and dynamics, several opposed to being an operational meteorologist, years as a weather Ackerman returned to the University of Chicago in forecaster and as a
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1995
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