Dr. Joanne Simpson
Chief Scientist for Meteorology
D.SC. (Hon), State University of New York at Albany,
Post-doc, Statistics, Dartmouth, 1970-71
University of Chicago, 1949
M.S., Meteorology, University of Chicago, 1945
B.S., Meteorology, University of Chicago, 1943
1979–Present: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Present Position Chief Scientist for Meteorology, Earth Sciences
1986–1997: Project Scientist for
the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission.
Among positions held: Instructor to Ass't Prof. Physics, Illinois Institute
of Technology, 1945-1951. Meteorologist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
1951-1960;Prof. Meteorology, UCLA, 1960-64; Director, Experimental Meteor.
Lab., NOAA, 1964-1974; Corcoran Prof of Env. Sci., Univ. of Virginia,
1974-1979; Chief Scientist, Simpson Weather Associates, 1974-1979. Head,
Severe Storms Br, GLA, GSFC, NASA, 1979-1988
Honors and Awards (not a complete list)
Royal Meteorological Society, 1999
Honorary Member American Meteorological Society (AMS), 1995
First Nordberg Award for Earth Sciences, 1994
Goddard Senior Fellow 1989–
National Academy of Engineering, 198.
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award, 1982
Weather Modification Association, Vincent J. Schaefer Award, 1979
Professional Achievement Award, University of Chicago Alumni, 1975, 1992
Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 1972
AMS Meisinger Award 1962, Rossby Research
Medal, 1983, C. F. Brooks Award, 1992
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1954
Membership in Academies, Professional Societies, and Editorships
Phi Beta Kappa
American Geophysical Union, Fellow
American Meteorological Society, Fellow, 1968. Certified
Consulting Meteorologist. Two terms Councilor, 1970's. Commissioner
of Scientific and Technological Activities, 1981-1987. President
Elect, 1988, President, 1989, Publications Commissioner 1991-1997.
More than 190 in refereed literature, on tropical meteorology,
tropical cloud systems and modeling, tropical storms and tropical
rain measurement from space. more than 30 publications on cumulus
modeling since 1988, 12 on rain measurement from space. 14 significant
publications on tropical cyclones in 1950's, 1960's and two on
their development 1997, 1998.
Public Service (not a complete list)
Project Stormfury on Hurricane Modification Advisory
Panel, 1962-1965 (Director, 1965 1966).
Member, IAPO-IAMAP Joint
Committee on Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction of the International
Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, 1964-1972.
Panel, National Science Foundation (Division of Atmospheric Sciences),
1973-1978. Member, Florida Governor's Environmental Coordination
NASA Affiliate to the Global Change Center
at the Penn State University 1991-92.
Numerous NAS/NRC Committees,
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate 90-93, Geophys and
Env Data 1984-1993.
Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Monash
University, Melbourne, Australia.
1990- present Visiting Scientist
at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
NASA Affiliate to the
Global Change Center at the Penn State University 1991-92.
NAS/NRC Committees, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
90-93, Geophys and Env Data 93-96.
Committees on Climate, Ecosystems,
Infectious Diseases and Human Health, 1999-.
Experience and Accomplishments
Pioneered in cloud modeling, with first one-dimensional
model and first cumulus model on a computer. P.I. on cumulus
modeling projects since early 1950's.
Led the work into multi-cloud
modeling via observations of mergers and cloud interactions in
Extensive experience in planning and leading observational
experiments on convective cloud systems, such as the joint NOAA-Navy
Project Stormfury, and the Florida Area Cumulus Experiment.
leading participant in the aircraft aspects of several GARP experiments,
particularly GATE, MONEX and TOGA/COARE
Senior author of book published by University of California Press,
1964, with co-author Herbert Riehl, entitled Cloud Structure
and Distributions Over the Tropical Pacific Ocean. 229 pp.
of a Chapter in two other books, The Sea: Ideas and Observations,
Interscience Publishers, entitled Large Scale Interactions pp
88-294, and Cumulus clouds and their modification. Weather Modification,
W. N. Hess, Editor. John Wiley and Sons, 229-281, 1974. Senior
author with A. S. Dennis.