Black History Month: Warren Washington

Black History Month: Warren Washington

During the month of February, we honor Black History Month and celebrate the countless ways generations of black people have enhanced our nation.

Today, we honor the contributions of Penn State alumnus Dr. Warren Washington to atmospheric sciences. Washington is the second African American to earn a doctorate in meteorology worldwide.

His innovative work advanced the field of numerical climate modeling, allowing scientists to predict future atmospheric conditions and better understand climate change.

In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded Washington the National Medal of Science for his research on human activities and natural processes in the Earth’s climate.

Washington is a current member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Meteorological Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the past president of the American Meteorological Society and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Former university president Eric Barron ​​says of Washington: “He is an inspiration, an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric sciences and climate research, and a mentor who has long helped individuals live the life within them.”

This piece references a Penn State article, found here. Image by CDP.