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Past Winners of the Charles Anderson Award
The Charles Anderson Award is given to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity in the atmospheric and related sciences and broader communities, through education and community service.

2011 J. Marshall Shepherd, "for outstanding and sustained contributions in promoting diversity in the atmospheric sciences through educational and outreach activities for students and scientists in multiple institutions. "
2010 Armando Garza "for tireless promotion of workforce diversity and inclusiveness through workshops, manager toolkits, and especially the engagement of students at all levels from underrepresented groups."
2009 Sharon E. Nicholson "for promoting diversity in the atmospheric sciences, nationally and internationally, by building communities through mentorship, outreach, and collaborative research of particular importance to developing nations."
2008 Ruth Aiken, "for promoting diversity through outreach, training and leadership, and through encouraging interest in meteorlogy for over three decades."
2007 Howard A. Friedman, "for his sustained committment to fostering inclusiveness and diversity in all its forms within the atmospheric sciences."
2006 Thomas L. Windham, "for his vision and determination to promote diversity, especially among students in the field of atmospheric and related sciences through mentoring, research, and outreach."
2005 Ira W. Geer, "for innovative delivery of high-quality professional development experiences for K-12 teachers and for undergraduates especially from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, mathematics, and technology. "


2004 Margaret A. LeMone, "for joyfully sharing her understanding of meteorology through publications and individual mentoring, and inspiring people of all ages with her journey as a women of science."
2003 David Houghton, "for improving educational opportunities for underrepresented groups through efforts as Commissioner and President of the Society and through teaching at Historically Black Colleges and Universities."

John Snow, "for his outstanding efforts in fostering programs and institutional relationships that enhance diversity within the atmospheric and related sciences."

2001 Joanne Simpson, "has been awarded the Anderson Award for her outstanding efforts in promoting diversity within the Society and the greater scientific community over decades, through her commitment to mentoring young professionals and guiding them toward successful careers."
2000 Warren Washington, " for pioneering efforts as a mentor and passionate supporter of individuals, educational programs, and outreach initiatives designed to foster a diverse population of atmospheric scientistss."hington

     A recognized authority in cloud physics and weather modification and a longtime Fellow of the AMS, Charles Anderson had a deep conviction that modern science and technology have much to offer in addressing broad societal issues.

      Charles Anderson was born in Clayton Missouri in August of 1919. After graduating as valedictorian from Charles Sumner High School in 1938 he went on to earn an undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1941 from Lincoln University. A master's degree in meteorology in 1943 from the University of Chicago was followed by a Ph.D. in 1960 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the first Afro-American to earn the doctorate in meteorology.

      Anderson began his meteorological career as a weather officer for the Tuskegee Airmen Regiment and earned the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force. He became deputy director of the Space Science and Engineering Center at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory in Bedford, Massachusetts, where he organized the first conference on cumulus convection and edited Cumulus Convection (Pergamon Press). In 1961 he joined Douglas Aircraft as chief of atmospheric sciences, where he published the award winning book, Physical Properties of the Planet Mars.

      In 1966 Charles was recruited to the University of Wisconsin to become the director of the Space Scinece and Engineering Center. As a professor of meteorology he was the first tenured Afro-American in the history of the university. He also served as associate dean of the graduate school and was the organizer and first chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department. While at the University of Wisconsin, Anderson integrated microphysical and fluid dynamical concepts with numerical models and satellite imagery in the study of severe convective storms. He demonstrated that vortex behavior and cloud-top blow-off from some thunderstorms can develop tornadoes. He was named professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin in 1986.

      Anderson joined the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University in 1987 as a tenured professor of meteorology. While at North Carolina State University he organized a research program that was notable for successful use of date from meteorological satellites for the early detection of severe local storms, including tornadoes. In 1992 he was awarded the Provost's African-American Professional Development Award.

      A longtime fellow of the AMS, Anderson was also an elected member of Sigma Xi and a fellow of the American Association of the the Advancement of Science. Anderson served on advisory panels for the AMS and the National Academy of Sciences, he chaired the Aviation Panel for the National Center for Atmospheric Research and advised the U.S. Department of Education on graduate and professional programs for women and minorities.

      An innovator in academic courses that emphasized the interaction of mathematics and the physical sciences with issues of race and culture, the AMS developed the Charles Anderson award in 2000 to honor this distinguished scientist and inspiring leader.  

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