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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

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Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Nobody loves me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1936
Birth Location:
Portland, Oregon

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Italian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France, Italy
Favorite Quote:
Nobody loves me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/28/1936
Birth Location:
Portland
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Biography

Distinguished scientist Warren M. Washington was born on August 28, 1936, in Portland, Oregon. As a high school student, Washington had a keen interest in science; after graduation he went on to earn his B.A. degree in physics and his M.A. degree in meteorology from Oregon State University. After completing his Ph.D. in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, Washington became a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 1963. While serving in the position of senior scientist at NCAR in 1975, Washington developed one of the first atmospheric computer models of the earth’s climate; soon after, he became the head of the organization’s Climate Change Research Section in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division.

As an expert in atmospheric science, climate research, and computer modeling of the earth’s climate, Washington received several presidential appointments. From 1978 to 1984, Washington served on the President’s National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere; in 1990, he began serving on the Secretary of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee; and in 1996, he assumed the chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change. Washington also served on the Modernization Transition Committee and the National Centers for Environment Prediction Advisory Committee of the United States National Weather Service. In April 2000, the United States Secretary of Energy appointed Washington to the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee. Washington was also appointed to the National Science Board and elected chair of the organization in 2002 and 2004.

Among his many awards and honors, Washington received both the Le Vernier Medal of the Societe Meterologique de France, and the Biological and Environmental Research Program Exceptional Service Award for atmospheric science. Washington's induction into the National Academy of Sciences Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, was announced in 1997. Washington also received the Celebrating Twentieth Century Pioneers in Atmospheric Sciences Award at Howard University, and Reed College in Portland, Oregon, awarded him the Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology. Washington held memberships in the National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society.

In addition to his professional activities, Washington served as a mentor and avid supporter of scholarly programs and outreach organizations that encouraged students to enter the profession of atmospheric sciences.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Warren Washington interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Warren Washington recalls his mother's family and her life history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Warren Washington discusses the lives of his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Warren Washington recounts his maternal grandparents' move from Texas to Oregon
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Warren Washington recalls the history of his great-grandparents and the origin of his last name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Warren Washington describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Warren Washington discusses his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Warren Washington discusses his father's employment and the hospital where he was born
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Warren Washington recalls his maternal lineage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Warren Washington shares his earliest memories of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Warren Washington recalls his experiences growing up in a mixed neighborhood and the racial tensions in Oregon during the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Warren Washington remembers how he would spend the summers of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Warren Washington recalls his time in elementary school and high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Warren Washington recalls his fondness of public libraries while he was growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Warren Washington remembers teachers who inspired him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Warren Washington describes his job during college and his first car
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Warren Washington recalls the Civil Rights Movement and his involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Warren Washington describes racial attitudes in Oregon during the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Warren Washington recalls the impact of World War II on his family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Warren Washington recalls his feelings of discouragement during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Warren Washington shares his impressions of entering college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Warren Washington discusses his determination to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Warren Washington describes some of his experiences during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Warren Washington recalls having segregated fraternities and sororities on campus
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Warren Washington stresses the importance of diversity in higher education organizations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Warren Washington discusses the importance of diversity in science
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Warren Washington recalls his fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Warren Washington discusses his career path after graduating from college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Warren Washington talks about his work with early computers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Warren Washington talks about starting his graduate work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Warren Washington explains the background of his graduate thesis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Warren Washington discusses how he became an adjunct associate professor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Warren Washington recalls the racial tensions on a college campus during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Warren Washington recalls his experience first working for the National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Warren Washington discusses African American scientific communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Warren Washington describes his work under several presidencies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Warren Washington recalls his first experiences as a scientific advisor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Warren Washington talks about connecting science to greater societal issues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Warren Washington talks about explaining his work to his parents and the publication of his book
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Warren Washington recounts a few of his presidential appointments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Warren Washington recalls his experiences working with the president's chief of staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Warren Washington shares how he responds to a special request from the president's chief of staff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Warren Washington describes the process of building more complex computer models for climate prediction
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Warren Washington relates the importance of creating better weather prediction models
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Warren Washington discusses his beliefs on the social impacts of global warming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Warren Washington shares his thoughts on Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Warren Washington describes an incident in which he provides testimony before Congress
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Warren Washington describes working under different presidents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Warren Washington discusses his thoughts on global warming and meeting Vice President Gore
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Warren Washington recounts his experiences as a mentor and role model
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Warren Washington describes the awards he has received
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Warren Washington describes his most rewarding professional achievement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Warren Washington considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Warren Washington comments on the importance of young people to consider a career in science
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Introduction to Warren Washington's interview
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Warren Washington describes his family background and educational history
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Overview of Warren Washington's family's migration to Portland, their early life there and his interest in science
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Warren Washington talks about his early interest in science and his decision to pursue science in college
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Warren Washington describes his involvement in the youth chapter of the NAACP
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Warren Washington describes his experience at Oregon State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Warren Washington talks about studying physics at Oregon State University, and his introduction to the mathematical modeling
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Warren Washington describes his experience at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Warren Washington talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Warren Washington describes his decision to join the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Warren Washington describes his experience in Boulder, Colorado in the 1960s, and his encounter with journalist, Dan Rather, in 1968
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Warren Washington describes his service on the National Science Board
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Warren Washington talks about working with President George H.W. Bush's administration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Warren Washington talks about the evolution of computer processing capabilities, and his work on climate models at NCAR
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - Warren Washington shares his perspective on the debate on climate change and global warming
  • Tape: 7 Story: 16 - Overview of Warren Washington's awards and achievements
  • Tape: 7 Story: 17 - Warren Washington discusses the significance of climate change
  • Tape: 7 Story: 18 - Warren Washington reflects upon his legacy and how he wants to be remembered