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Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

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Born:
1/23/1963
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San Antonio, Texas

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Atmospheric Scientist

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1/23/1963
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San Antonio
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Biography

Atmospheric scientist Vernon R. Morris Vernon was born on [month day, year?] in [city, state?]. Morris graduated from Morehouse College in 1985 with his B.A. degree in chemistry and mathematics. Following graduation, he enrolled at Georgia Institute of Technology. Morris received the Regent’s Scholarship and the NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship to pursue his theoretical and experimental studies of inorganic peroxides in the Earth’s stratosphere. After graduating with his Ph.D. degree in earth and atmospheric sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991, Morris was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship where he worked on the chemical dynamics of free radical systems important in comets and the interstellar medium.

Morris served as a part-time instructor at Spelman College while striding for his Ph.D. degree. Later, he joined Howard University’s Chemistry Department as an assistant professor. In 1996, he became the deputy director of the Howard University Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Atmospheres (CSTEA). From 2001 to 2004, Morris served as the director of the Howard University Graduate Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS) and was instrumental in developing atmospheric sciences as a major focus of the university’s research portfolio. Morris was then named director of the Howard University Component of the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center. Morris also served as director of the NOAA Center in Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) as well as the co-director of the Laboratory for Molecular Computations and Bioinformatics at the National Institutes of Health Research Center for Minority Institutions. He was a visiting scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch and served briefly as chair of the chemistry department at Howard University.

Morris is a member of several scientific boards and professional organizations. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) and the Advisory Board of the Benjamin Banneker Institute for Science and Technology. Morris is also a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Advanced Study Institute.

His combined concentration on academic research and focus on atmospheric sciences has garnered for him recognition from professional and academic associations. Morris is a recipient of the University Merit Award, the Howard University Faculty Merit Award and Howard University’s Most Productive Faculty Researcher in Natural Sciences award. Morris received the prestigious NSF Career Award from the Geosciences Directorate for his research on the photochemistry of carbonaceous aerosols.

Vernon R. Morris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 29, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris talks about his maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris talks about his maternal grandmother, and his mother's growing up in Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris talks about his father's growing up in Arkansas City, Kansas, and his career in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vernon Morris talks about his likeness to his father, and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vernon Morris talks about his mother's personality and her career as an educator
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Vernon Morris describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Vernon Morris talks about his family's frequent relocations while his father was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Vernon Morris describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up - part one
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up - part two
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris talks about going to school in Japan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris talks about continuing his schooling in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris talks about attending school in Spokane, Washington, and going to Expo 74, The Spokane World's Fair
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris talks about his interest in the outdoors, and his middle school science project
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris talks about his interest in TV shows and books about exploration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris talks about his experience in the Cub Scouts and his interest in tinkering with gadgets
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris talks about his experience in school in Washington State
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Vernon Morris talks about the African American community in Spokane, Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Vernon Morris talks his interest in reading, stamp collecting, music, and in electronics and programming
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris talks about his interest in space exploration and airplanes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris talks about his involvement in sports in high school and being a member of the choir at Bethel AME Church in Spokane, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris talks about his academics and social life in high school in Spokane, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris talks about his father and a the network of African American college students who influenced him to go to college - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris talks about his father and a the network of African American college students who influenced him to go to college - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris talks about his academics in high school and graduating from high school in 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris talks about taking the bus from Spokane, Washington to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris describes his first encounter with chemistry professor, Henry McBay, and his experience in his classroom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris talks about his professors at Morehouse College and his formative education there - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris talks about his professors at Morehouse College and his formative education there - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris describes his social and extracurricular activities at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris describes his involvement with the Frederick Douglass Tutorial Institute while at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris talks about his experience in Henry McBay's chemistry classes at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris talks about his experience as a student in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris describes his experience as an undergraduate researcher with HistoryMaker, John Hall, Jr., at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris describes his undergraduate work on matrix isolation of short-lived chemical intermediates that influence atmospheric chemistry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris talks about the technological advancements in computers and lasers in the 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris describes his decision to pursue his doctoral studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris describes his experience as a doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris describes his Ph.D. dissertation on the investigation of short-lived organic compounds of stratospheric significance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris describes the chemical destruction of the ozone layer, and the implications of the depletion of the ozone layer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris shares his perspectives on global warming and its implications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris reflects upon being the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in geophysical sciences at Georgia Tech
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris describes his note-taking strategies as a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Vernon Morris talks about those that influenced his scientific career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Vernon Morris talks about graduating from Georgia Tech, and his postdoctoral experience at the NATO Advanced Study Institute in Italy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris describes his experience as a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris describes his experience as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris talks about joining the faculty at Howard University in 1994
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris talks about the establishment of the Howard University Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris talks about his early days as a faculty member at Howard University's department of chemistry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris talks about receiving the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 1997
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris talks about his experience with the NASA Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Atmospheres and HUPAS
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris talks about his experience at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Vernon Morris talks about competing for a NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences position at Howard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris describes his work with the AEROSE (Aerosol and Oceanographic Science Expeditions) project - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris describes his work with the AEROSE (Aerosol and Oceanographic Science Expeditions) project - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris describes the findings from the AEROSE project, and using the data to study the throughput of biological mass between continents
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris talks about student participation on the AEROSE cruises, and the land-based measurement sites in Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris talks about the parallels between the AEROSE expeditions and historic passages along the same route
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris talks about the NOAA Center in Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) Weather Camp
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Vernon Morris reflects upon improving the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences' visibility on Howard University's campus
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Vernon Morris talks about collaborating with the Department of African Studies at Howard University on NCAS's work in Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Vernon Morris talks about his career goals for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Vernon Morris discusses the Howard University NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences' work in Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Vernon Morris reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Vernon Morris describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Vernon Morris talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Vernon Morris talks about how he would like to be remembered