Warren M. Washington Papers, 1960-2014 | National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives

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Collection Overview

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Predominant Dates:1960-2010

ID: 04/03/01/WMW

Primary Creator: Washington, Warren Morton (1936-)

Extent: 17.0 Linear Feet


Arrangement is by material type.

The collection consists of eleven series in eighteen boxes:

Series I: Biographical

Series II: Research

Series III: Advisory Work

Series IV: Diversity

Series V: NCAR

Series VI: Organizations

Series VII: General Correspondence

Series VIII: Presentations and Talks

Series IX: Awards and Honors

Series X: Audio-Visual

Series XI: Publications

Date Acquired: 11/13/2007. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American Association for the Advancement of Science., American Geophysical Union., American Meteorological Society., Climatic changes., Climatic changes. - Climate change mitigation, Climatic changes. - Global temperature changes., Diversity, Diversity - Affirmative action programs--United States., Diversity - Affirmative action programs., Diversity - African American scientists., Diversity - Diversity in the workplace--United States., Global warming., Global warming. - Global warming--Research., Global warming. - Global Warming Science & Policy, Meteorology., National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.)., National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.). - National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.).  Climate and Global Dynamics Division., Supercomputing., Washington, Warren M.

Languages: English, Chinese, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Warren M. Washington document his scientific, professional, and advisory activities, as well as his significant contributions to diversity issues, particularly the enhancement of opportunities for people of color in science.  The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, lectures, articles and manuscript drafts, teaching materials, notes and calculations, clippings, awards, publications, motion picture film, and photographs.

Biographical Note

Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1936, Warren Washington earned a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in meteorology from Oregon State University. After completing his doctorate in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, he joined NCAR in 1963 as a research scientist. He has published more than 100 papers in professional journals. His book, “An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling,” co-authored with Claire Parkinson, is a reference on climate modeling.  The second edition was published in May, 2005. 

    Washington is a consultant and advisor to a number of government officials and committees on climate system modeling. From 1978 to 1984, he served on the President's National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. He participated in several panels of the National Research Council and chaired its Advisory Panel for Climate Puzzle, a film produced for the 1986 PBS television series “Planet Earth.” Washington was a member of the Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board from 1990 to 1993 and has been on the Secretary of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) since 1990.  From 1996-2006, he served as the chair of the subcommittee on Global Change for BERAC.

    Washington held the office of President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1994, and was Past President in 1995.

    He served on the Modernization Transition Committee and the National Centers for Environment Prediction Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Weather Service. In 1998, he was appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency Science Advisory Board.

    In May of 1995, he was appointed by President Clinton to a six-year term on the National Science Board (NSB). The NSB has dual responsibilities as national science policy adviser to the President and Congress, and as governing board for the National Science Foundation. In March 2000 he was nominated by President Clinton for a second six-year term and was confirmed by the Senate in September 2000.  In May 2002, the NSB announced that it had elected Washington as its new Chair. He was re-elected to a second term in May of 2004. Washington's term ended on 10 May 2006. 

    Washington is a Fellow of the AMS and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and from 1991 to 1995 he was a member of the AAAS Board of Directors.

    He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Pennsylvania State University and Oregon State University, an Alumni Fellow of Pennsylvania State University and Oregon State University, a Fellow of the African Scientific Institute, and a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

    In 1995 Washington received the Le Verrier Medal of the Societé Météorologique de France. In February 1997, he was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences Portrait Collection of African Americans in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In May 1997, he was awarded the Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research Program Exceptional Service Award for Atmospheric Sciences in the development and application of advanced coupled atmospheric-ocean general circulation models to study the impacts of anthropogenic activities on future climate. He was selected to be a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 1998-1999. In 1998 he delivered the UCAR Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture, and a Rice University Computer and Information Technology Institute Distinguished Lecture. In 1999, Washington received the National Weather Service Modernization Award.

    In 1999, Washington was awarded the Dr. Charles Anderson Award from the AMS "for pioneering efforts as a mentor and passionate support of individuals, educational programs, and outreach initiatives designed to foster a diverse population of atmospheric scientists." 

    In March 2000, Washington received the Celebrating 20th Century Pioneers in Atmospheric Sciences Award at Howard University, and in April 2000, the Colorado Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award.  In 2001, he gave the first Ralph W. Bromery lecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  (Bromery was a Tuskegee Airman and later became the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts.)

    In February 2002, Washington was an invited lecturer at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Explorer Series.  Also, in February 2002, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced that it had elected Washington to its membership for “pioneering the development of coupled climate models, their use on parallel supercomputing architectures, and their interpretation."  Washington was inducted into the NAE in October 2002. 

In 2002, he was appointed to the Science Advisory Panel of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the National Academies of Science Coordinating Committee on Global Change.  In 2003 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society. 

    In 2004 Washington received the Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. In June 2006, he served as commencement speaker and was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science at Oregon State University.

      In October 2006 Washington was the Robert D. Cess “Distinguished Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences” Seminar speaker at the State University of New York at Stonybrook.

    Washington was elected honorary member of the AMS in 2006, and received the Charles Franklin Brooks Award from the AMS for outstanding services to the Society in January 2007. 

    Washington received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Raymond L. Orbach of the U.S. Department of Energy in August 2007. In December 2007, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and Environment.

    Warren's current research involves use of the Parallel Climate Model (PCM) and the Community Climate System Model (CCSM) to study the impacts of climate change in the 21st century. He currently serves as a co-chair of the Climate Change Working Group within CCSM.  The Parallel Climate Model is a DOE-supported effort, and the Community Climate System Model is supported by both the NSF and the DOE.

Subject/Index Terms

American Association for the Advancement of Science.
American Geophysical Union.
American Meteorological Society.
Climatic changes.
Climatic changes. - Climate change mitigation
Climatic changes. - Global temperature changes.
Diversity - Affirmative action programs--United States.
Diversity - Affirmative action programs.
Diversity - African American scientists.
Diversity - Diversity in the workplace--United States.
Global warming.
Global warming. - Global warming--Research.
Global warming. - Global Warming Science & Policy
National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.).
National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.). - National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.).  Climate and Global Dynamics Division.
Washington, Warren M.

Administrative Information

Repository: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives

Accruals: Accrual of materials in August 2013 from Dr. Washington.

Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is open, although there are some materials that are restricted.

Use Restrictions: Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Physical Access Note: The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Technical Access Note: There are some materials in the Audio-Visual series that are not available for play-back as they are original copies that have not been digitized.

Acquisition Source: Warren Morton Washington

Acquisition Method: The papers of Warren M. Washington were given to the UCAR Archives by Warren M. Washington over the period 1987-2007.

Related Materials:

The following oral history collections contain information related to Warren Washington's personal and professional life:

American Meteorological Society- Tape Recorded Interview Project

UCAR/NCAR Oral History Project

Preferred Citation: [Item cited], [Title of collection], [Folder title], Archives, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Processing Information:

This collection was re-processed in March 2010.  The original arrangement reflected the exact original order of the collection.  Original order was modified slightly to create a more accessible arrangement.  Multiple parallel correspondence files arranged alphabetically were combined to create one series.  Publications were separated as a single series, except for annotated publications, which were kept in original order.  Misfiled and loose items were returned to their logical place within the collection.  All materials were arranged in chronological order within folders.

Duplicate records, vendor/promotional literature, NCAR Technical Notes, NCAR Staff Notes, purchase orders, travel vouchers, packing slips and receipts, scholarly journals, vita/resumes of people other than Dr. Washington, student records, blank forms, scholarship applications with sensitive information, and other records with sensitive information, such as social security numbers, were weeded from the collection.

Acidic materials such as newspaper clippings and notebook paper were buffered with acid-free paper.  Oversize materials were flattened and stored in appropriate oversize folders.  Microfiche, microfilm, and photographs were sleeved in appropriate preservation enclosures.  Some metal fasteners were removed.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised in March 2010.

Other Note:

Special Collections: Warren Washington Collection

See also:

The Warren Washington Symposium, NCAR, Boulder, CO


The Warren Washington Symposium, AMS, Atlanta, GA


Other URL: http://www.archives.ucar.edu/exhibits/washington

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical, 1959-2007],
[Series 2: Research, 1947-2001],
[Series 3: Advisory Work, 1973-2012],
[Series 4: Diversity, 1972-2003],
[Series 5: NCAR, 1964-2005],
[Series 6: Organizations, 1969-1998],
[Series 7: General Correspondence, 1959-2014],
[Series 8: Presentations and Talks, 1969, 1982-2014],
[Series 9: Awards and Honors, 1955-2014],
[Series 10: Audio-Visual, 1969-2012],
[Series 11: Publications],