Timeline Exploration -- 2010 - Present

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Biographical Highlights

  • 2010 Receives the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor bestowed by the U.S. President, for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of Earth's coupled climate system through numerical simulation, leadership in U.S. science policy, and inspiring mentorship of young people of all backgrounds and origins.
  • 2012 Appears on a PBS special, "A Night with Warren Washington, an event organized by the ScienceMakers.
  • 2013 Receives an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.
  • 2013 Delivers the Bert Bolin lecture in Stockholm.
  • 2013 Named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2014 Association of American Geographers’ Honorary Geographer Award
  • 2014 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Oregon State University
  • 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award, NCAR
  • 2018 Warren Washington Legacy Symposium, Penn State University
  • 2019 Awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement


Media and Link Year Description
President Barak Obama and Warren Washington shaking hands 2010 Warren receives the National Medal of Science
A night with Warren Washington stage shot 2012 "A Night with Warren Washington." Warren is interviewed by Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone for the ScienceMakers project, to be broadcast on PBS in Fall 2012.
Warren Washington and Akira Kasahara at Washington's Distinguished Scholar Event at the NCAR Mesa Lab in 2016. 2016 Warren Washington is named an NCAR Distinguished Scholar.
Building at Penn State University to be named after Warren Washington. 2018 Penn State University, where Warren Washington earned a PhD in meteorology, named a new research building in his honor. 

Websites/Web Media

Screenshot Year Title and Link
  2010 Warren M. Washington Symposium at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, 2010.
Presidential Medal of Science 2010 Warren receives the National Medal of Science.

Videos and Audio

Year Media Title and Link Media Type
2010 Warren Washington awarded the National Medal of Science. video
2016 Warren Washington presents his Distinguished Scholar Lecture. video
2019 Interview with Colorado Public Radio on climate change. interview
2021 Sculpture created to honor Dr. Washington. video
2021 Warren Washington awarded the 2021 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest.  video