Gassaway WV High School Grad wins National Medal of Science

May 30, 2007 at 6:26 am | Posted in One-liner, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lonnie Thompson a former student of mine has had a distinguished career at Ohio State University. He was intensely interested in weather and climate even as a high school student in Gassaway HS in West Virginia.

Here is a paragraph from the Ohio State University press release:

“The award, arguably the highest honor the United States bestows on an American scientist, caps nearly three decades of research by Thompson in some of the world’s most remote regions. Thompson is one of eight researchers who will receive the award later this summer during a formal ceremony at the White House.”

“Among the many honors bestowed on Lonnie, this award is both extraordinary and well-deserved. We are truly fortunate to have him on the faculty at Ohio State, where he brings renown to the university and educational benefits to the many students who have had the privilege of working with him and Ellen,” Holbrook said.

As a boy raised in the rural West Virginia railroad mining town of Gassaway, Lonnie awed local residents with his uncanny ability to predict the weather, a knack at forecasting that usually surpassed the professional forecasters in the region.”

Link: Lonnie Thompson

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