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Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'

By Popular Science

February 15, 2019

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Retired National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Warren Washington will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, referred to as the environmental Nobel Prize, with fellow climate researcher Michael Mann at Pennsylvania State University.

Washington performed pioneering research on atmospheric science, and collaborated on the earliest computer climate simulations, in addition to serving as climate change adviser for six U.S. presidents.

In partnership with Japanese researchers in the 1960s, Washington was one of the first to generate atmospheric models using the laws of physics to predict future climate conditions.

His accomplishments as an African American also are significant. Said Mann, "[Washington] is one of our most distinguished alumni. He is such a great role model, who speaks to the fundamentally important contribution that diversity plays in advancing science."

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