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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ceebu Jen
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Senegal, West Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1963
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ceebu Jen
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Senegal, West Africa
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1963
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Atmospheric scientist Gregory S. Jenkins was born on May 13, 1963 in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, Jenkins was fascinated by the weather. He received his B.S. degree in physics from Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pennsylvania in 1987. Jenkins went on to earn his M.S. and his Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan in 1989 and 1991, respectively. His doctoral thesis was entitled, “An Investigation of Archean Climate using the NCAR CCM.”

In 1991, Jenkins began a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Two years later, he became a research associate at the Earth Systems Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. In 1996, Jenkins served for a semester as an assistant professor of physics at Howard University before joining Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor in the Department of Meteorology. He was promoted to associate professor at Pennsylvania State University in 2003. In the same year, he received the J. William Fulbright Research Award to go to Senegal and worked at Cheikh Anta Diop University on climate change research. Jenkins returned to Howard University in 2004 as an associate professor and director of Howard University’s Atmospheric Science Program. In 2006, he served as a United States African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA) committee member and downstream Special Observing Period 3 (SOP3) member. From 2007 to 2010, he held the position of Department of Physics and Astronomy chair. Jenkins’ research focused on tropical storm systems, monsoons and hurricanes. He has travelled all over the world to conduct his research including Senegal, Cape Verde and Barbados. Jenkins has published over forty peer-reviewed publications and was an editor and contributor to the text The Extreme Proterozoic: Geology, Geochemistry and Climate .

Jenkins has held memberships in the American Meteorological Society, National Society of Black Physicists, American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and served as an associated editor for AGU-Journal of Geophysical Research. He was the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award and the National Technical Association (NTA) Technical Achiever of the Year Award. Jenkins lives in Washington, D.C.

Gregory S. Jenkins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 29, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his father's experience in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his family and growing up in Philadelphia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his childhood interest in science and weather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about going to Catholic schools and his experience in Catholic church growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his interest in the weather
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his interest in math and science and his lack of interest in English in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his family struggles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his high school experience, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his high school experience, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his sister, Renee and the influence she had on him.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his interest in basketball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his lack of guidance for college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his academically challenging experiences at Drexel University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his experience at Philadelphia Community College and decision to attend Lincoln University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his mentors at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his road trip to Michigan and his mentor, atmospheric scientist Warren Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins describes his dissertation research concerning the Archean climate
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins talks about the importance of cultural communities within academic institutions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his experience at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his experience at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his experiences at Pennsylvania State University and Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his West African climate change research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his professional activities and publications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his passion for his work in Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about Africa's influence on weather events
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about the equipment needed to conduct his research and impediments to conducting his research in Senegal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his experience at the American Meteorological Society Conference
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins talks about the lack of sustainable infrastructure in disenfranchised communities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about African contributions to the academy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about the documentary on the 2010 Hurricane Field Campaign
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about including his students in his research and field studies abroad
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Gregory Jenkins reflects upon his life and legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Gregory Jenkins talks about the issues surrounding climate change and Africa's significance in understanding it
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Gregory Jenkins talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Gregory Jenkins talks about the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Gregory Jenkins talks about how he would like to be remembered