August 19, 2013 | Akira Kasahara, Harry van Loon, and Warren Washington came onto the NCAR scene years before the Mesa Lab even existed. On July 24, the three senior scientists—joined by dozens of NESL/CGD colleagues and visitors—were at ML to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their arrival at NCAR.
Fellow CGD senior scientist Jerry Meehl timed the event to take advantage of a crop of summer visitors with deep roots in NCAR, such as John Kutzbach (University of Wisconsin–Madison), who first visited NCAR in 1964 as a young graduate student. The gathering included opening remarks from Jerry and CGD director Bill Large, as well as reflections from the guests of honor, followed by an open-mike session.
“This was a unique opportunity for CGD staff and visitors to learn about some early NCAR history, and perhaps appreciate a bit more the contributions of Warren, Akira, and Harry to NCAR and to the science,” says Jerry.
Harry (who fully retired from NCAR a week after the reception), Akira (now a senior research associate), and Warren (chief scientist of the DOE/UCAR Cooperative Agreement in CGD's Climate Change Research Section) all have impressive résumés that reflect many years of service to NCAR, atmospheric research, and the nation. See the sidebar below for details on the intersection of their paths at NCAR in the early 1960s.
For more photos from the CGD reception, view the slideshow.