agency's service across a wide environmental range, Tyler Prize Awarded to Robert M. White including issues surrounding endangered species, Robert M. White, president marine mammals, ocean dumping, and deterioration of the National Academy of of U.S. fisheries. Later, he led the national/interna- Engineering (NAE) and vice tional effort to launch the Global Atmospheric Re- chair of the National Re- search Program. In 1977, he proposed the conversion search Council (NRC), has of GARP into the World Climate Program. Upon been awarded the 1992 Tyler leaving the post of administrator of NOAA, White went Prize for Environmental on to organize and chair, for the WMO, the First World Achievement. Perry L. Mc- Climate Conference to examine the growing concerns Carty, Silas H. Palmer Pro- over possible harmful effects of potential climate fessor of Civil Engineering at change. Stanford University, will share More recently, as president of the University Cor- the prize. poration for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), White Funded by Alice C. Tyler encouraged the strengthening of programs in math- of Los Angeles, California, and administered by the ematical modeling of the climate and in atmospheric University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, chemistry. the Tyler Prize is the premier international prize for In his current positions at the NAE and NRC, since environmental science and leadership. Since 1974 it 1983, White has guided advisory work for the U.S. has been awarded to individuals or institutions of any government on a broad range of issues, including nation for their protection, maintenance, improve- stratospheric ozone depletion, acid depositions, loss ment, or understanding of ecological and environmen- of biodiversity, nuclear energy and radioactive wastes, tal conditions anywhere in the world, and for their pollution prevention, risk analysis and perception, and discovery, development, improvement, or understand- science and engineering education. ing of sources of energy. As president of the NAE, he has initiated a number White was awarded the Tyler Prize for his "leader- of forward-looking studies focusing on industrial me- ship in designing and building the machinery through tabolism, the potential in our society for "dematerial- which society observes and understands global cli- ization" and waste reduction, and ways to accelerate mate change." diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies to Robert M. White's contributions span five decades developing countries. and cover a broad range of environmental issues. Over the past four decades, White has served on After receiving a B.A. from Harvard University in 1944, numerous boards and committees that serve the an M.S. and an Sc.D. from M.l.T. in 1949 and 1950, oceans and atmosphere. He has also been honored respectively, White worked as a research scientist and with many national and international prizes for envi- then as director of the Meteorology Development ronmental achievement. Among them are the Laboratory at Air Force Cambridge Research Center. Rockefeller Public Service Award for the protection of In 1959, he became the first president of the Travelers natural resources, the International Meteorological Research Center. In 1963, he went to Washington as Organization Prize for contributions to international chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau, embarking on a meteorology, the Matthew Fontaine Maury Award of unique 15-year career in government. Underthe aegis the Smithsonian Institution for undersea exploration, of the government, he organized the formation of the the AMS Charles Franklin Brooks Award, and the Environmental Sciences Service Administration AMS Cleveland Abbe Award for contributions to me- (ESSA). As head of the Weather Bureau and ESSA, teorology. White is a Fellow of the AMS and has he led the national effort to create the first operational been a membersince 1941. From 1963to 1967, White weathersatellite system for global monitoring of oceans served as an AMS councilor; in 1980, he served as and atmospheres. He played a key role in the presi- AMS president. White also holds numerous interna- dential commission that resulted in the historic forma- tional positions. tion of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin- White is married to Mavis Edwina Seagle and istration (NOAA). As NOAA administrator from 1970 has two children, Richard H. White and Edwina J. through 1977, he led the dramatic expansion of the White. • Vol. 73, No. 6, June 1992
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 1992
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