This award honors the late Howard T. Orville. Orville dedicated his entire professional career to the field of meteorology. He joined the U.S. Naval Academy in 1921, graduating in 1925. In 1928 he entered the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School as a student in meteorology and he received his M.S. in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1930, one of the second group of students who studied under Carl-Gustaf Rossby. Under Orville's vigorous and inspired leadership of the Naval Aerological Service, the naval weather service expanded from a handful of men to a highly effective, world-wide organization of several thousand personnel. When Orville retired from the U.S. Navy in 1950, he left behind a legacy of helping to develop techniques for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms by aircraft and radar. He was President of AMS from 1948 to 1949 and served as a Councilor from 1945 to 1947 and 1950 to 1954. The Howard T. Orville Scholarship in Meteorology was established in 1964.
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