Warren Washington

Warren Washington Shares Recollections from a Rich Career

NCAR senior scientist honored as Distinguished Scholar

As he was honored last week as an NCAR Distinguished Scholar, Warren Washington regaled colleagues with anecdotes from his storied, half-century-long career, such as the time he put a simplified climate model on a floppy disk for a White House chief of staff.

Wearing his trademark bow tie, Washington peppered a 70-minute talk with science and reminiscences in front of appreciative colleagues at the Mesa Lab Main Seminar Room.

Washington is widely recognized for groundbreaking work in computer modeling of Earth's climate. Over the course of his career, he has published more than 200 papers, advised five presidents (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore — and mentored dozens of researchers. Washington was appointed to the National Science Board in 1994 and served as its chair from 2002–2006. In 2010, President Obama presented Washington with a National Medal of Science. More...

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