William H (Bill) Hooke, FAMS, PhD

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Bill Hooke, an active AMS Member, an active Fellow of the AMS, and AMS Senior Policy Fellow, is Associate Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society, based in Washington, DC. Dr Hooke is the author of the AMS blog, Living on the Real World (blog), as well as the AMS book of the same name, Living on the Real World (book), His policy research interests include: natural disaster reduction; historical precedents as they illuminate present-day policy; and the nature and implications of changing national requirements for weather and climate science and services. From 1967 to 2000, Dr Hooke worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its antecedent agencies. After six years of research in fundamental geophysical fluid dynamics and its application to the ionosphere, the boundary layer, air quality, aviation, and wind engineering, he moved into a series of management positions of increasing scope and responsibility. From 1973 to 1980, he was Chief of the Atmospheric Studies Branch of NOAA's Wave Propagation Laboratory. From 1980 to 1983 he rotated through a series of management development assignments. From 1984 to 1987 he directed NOAA's Environmental Sciences Group, which has evolved and grown to become the Earth System Research Laboratory. From 1987 to 1993 he served as the Deputy Chief Scientist and Acting Chief Scientist of NOAA, setting policy and direction for $300M/year of NOAA research and development in oceanography, atmospheric science, hydrology, climate, marine biology, and their associated technologies. Between 1993 and 2000, Dr Hooke held two national responsibilities: Director of the United States Weather Research Program Office, and Chair of the interagency Subcommittee for Natural Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Dr Hooke was an adjoint faculty member at the University of Colorado from 1969 to 1987, and served as a fellow of two NOAA Joint Institutes: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences from 1971 to 1977 and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere from 1987 to 2000. He is the author of over fifty refereed publications, author of one book, and co-author of another. Dr Hooke has a BS degree in physics (honors, 1964) from Swarthmore College, and SM and PhD degrees (1966, 1967) from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society. He chairs the NAS/NRC Disasters Roundtable, and serves on the International Council for Science Planning Group on Natural and Human-Induced Environmental Hazards and Disasters.


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