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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Oceanographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster, Shrimp Tacos
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Aging Is Not For Sissies/ Be Gentle With Yourself, Enjoy Life/ Every Day Above Ground Is A Good One/ If You Don't Believe Me, Miss One-All From His Father.

Birthplace

Born:
5/11/1952
Birth Location:
Miami, Florida

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Oceanographer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster, Shrimp Tacos
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
Aging Is Not For Sissies/ Be Gentle With Yourself, Enjoy Life/ Every Day Above Ground Is A Good One/ If You Don't Believe Me, Miss One-All From His Father.

Birthplace

Born:
5/11/1952
Birth Location:
Miami
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Biography

Oceanographer Evan B. Forde was born on May 11, 1952 in Miami, Florida and received his early education in the Miami Public School System. Forde earned his B.A. degree in geology with an oceanography specialty and his M.A. degree in marine geology and geophysics from Columbia University in the City of New York.

In 1973, Forde became an oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. He was the first African American scientist to participate in research dives aboard a submersible and completed successful dive expeditions in several submarine canyons utilizing three of these vessels. Forde remains one of only a handful of African American oceanographers in the United States. Forde has conducted research in a number of oceanographic and meteorological disciplines and has been a versatile pioneer in scientific research. His current research includes using satellite sensors to observe and analyze atmospheric conditions related to improving hurricane forecasting and improving intensity prediction models.

Forde has also worked extensively in the area of science education. He created and taught a graduate level course on tropical meteorology for the University of Miami's INSTAR program for seven years. Forde also created and teaches an oceanography course for middle school students called Oceanographic Curriculum Empowering Achievement in Natural Sciences (OCEANS) that has been featured in nationally distributed periodicals and web sites. He originated and authored the “Science Corner” in Ebony Jr! magazine for three years, and later created a Severe Weather Poster for NOAA that was distributed nationally to fifty thousand teachers.

Forde has spoken to more than fifty thousand students during career days and other presentations. Forde has also been the subject of the museum exhibits, including the Great Explorations section of the Staten Island Children's Museum, and has been featured in numerous periodicals, text books and many other publications on prominent African American scientists. Forde has also served as a PTA President, Scoutmaster, youth basketball coach, Sunday School and youth church teacher, church webmaster, neighborhood Crime Watch chairman, official photographer for the South Florida Special Olympics and in numerous other roles that have fostered youth and improved his community.

Forde has a host of career and civic awards that include being named NOAA’s Environmental Research Laboratories EEO Outstanding Employee, South Florida’s Federal Employee of the Year (Service to the Community), a U.S. Congressional Commendation, NOAA Research Employee of the Year and in 2009 he had days named in his honor by both the City of North Miami and Miami-Dade County, Florida. In 2010, the Miami-Dade County School Board issued a proclamation honoring Forde’s contributions to students citing his ongoing efforts to enhance public education. Forde was named as the recipient of the NOAA Administrator (Under Secretary of Commerce) Award for 2011 for his outstanding communication of NOAA science, sharing the joy of science with students, and helping to foster a science-literate society.

Evan B. Forde was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 3, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Evan Forde lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Evan Forde describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Evan Forde talks about his grandparents and mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Evan Forde talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Evan Forde talks about his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Evan Forde describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Evan Forde describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Evan Forde talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Evan Forde describes his family household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Evan Forde talks about his father's involvement in the community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Evan Forde talks about his father's knowledge of science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Evan Forde talks about his the role of church and religion in his growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Evan Forde talks about his elementary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Evan Forde talks about the Boy Scouts and learning to play the trumpet
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Evan Forde talks about his father's positions at his junior-senior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Evan Forde talks about his summer as a Boy Scout at Camp Sebring
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Evan Forde talks about his middle school physical education class
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Evan Forde talks about the integration of his high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes when his house caught on fire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Evan Forde describes quitting band in high school to join the football team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Evan Forde describes getting football scholarships for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Evan Forde describes being on his high school football team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Evan Forde talks about the college counseling he received at his high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Evan Forde describes attending Columbia University to study oceanography
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Evan Forde talks about the summer after his high school graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Evan Forde describes getting a summer job at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes his first semester at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Evan Forde talks about his Spanish professor at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Evan Forde describes becoming interested in marine geology and geophysics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Evan Forde describes his acceptance into Columbia University for graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Evan Forde describes receiving his M.S. degree in marine geology at Columbia University pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Evan Forde describes receiving his M.S. degree in marine geology at Columbia University pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Evan Forde talks about his mother wanting him to be a doctor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Evan Forde describes his master's thesis pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes his master's thesis pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Evan Forde describes what happened when he was not credited for his research pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Evan Forde describes what happened when he was not credited for his research pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Evan Forde describes how he became the first African American oceanographer to conduct research aboard a submersible craft
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Evan Forde describes his first dive on a submersible pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Evan Forde describes his first dive on a submersible pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Evan Forde describes being on a submersible dive
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Evan Forde describes being caught under a mud slide in a submersible canyon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Evan Forde talks about how he was nicknamed Willie Cousteau
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Evan Forde describes his most memorable discoveries from his submersible dives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Evan Forde talks about creating the prevailing theory explaining mid-Atlantic submarine canyons
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Evan Forde describes his involvement in science education pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Evan Forde describes his involvement in science education pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Evan Forde describes how he became a writer for 'Ebony Jr.'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Evan Forde talks about being a science educator
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes his involvement in satellite remote sensing research pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Evan Forde describes his involvement in satellite remote sensing research pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Evan Forde describes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration severe weather poster
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Evan Forde describes creating the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posters
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Evan Forde describes writing oceanic curricula pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Evan Forde describes writing oceanic curricula pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Evan Forde talks about one of his speeches
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Evan Forde reflects on his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Evan Forde talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Evan Forde talks about his father's influence on his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Evan Forde talks about his community service in science education
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Evan Forde talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Evan Forde describes his research on hurricanes and Saharan air layers pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Evan Forde describes his research on hurricanes and Saharan air layers pt. 2