International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize

International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize

The IMO Prize originates from the International Meteorological Organization, the predecessor to WMO. The IMO Prize is awarded annually. The first was presented to Dr Th. Hesselberg of Norway in 1956.

The IMO Prize consists of:

  • A 14-carat gold medal 57 mm in diameter. It bears on one side the official WMO emblem and on the other side the Latin inscription Pro singulari erga scientiam meteorologicam merito
  • A monetary award of 10 000 Swiss francs
  • A parchment scroll

Guidelines

Initially, the IMO Prize was granted in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of meteorology. However, when the WMO mandate came to include operational hydrology in 1971, the range of IMO Prize expanded to include it. Today, the IMO Prize covers any other field referred to in Article 2 of the WMO Convention.

Candidates for the IMO prize must be living persons; however, the award may be made posthumously to a candidate who dies between the date of his nomination and that of the awarding of the Prize.

Members of the Executive Council, as electors, are not eligible for the award during their term(s) of office.

Nomination procedure

Ministers of Foreign Affairs or the Permanent Representatives of WMO Members are invited to nominate candidates for the IMO Prize each year. The Ministers communicate their nominations confidentially to the Secretary-General for transmission to the Selection Committee of the Executive Council. The nomation must include:

  1. A precise and factual summary of accomplishments that provides a brief statement (1-2 pages) of the individual's achievements in the fields for which the award is proposed. Please include name, professional and home mailing address, present professional title and institutional affiliation.
  2. The nominee's curriculum viatae or resumé.
  3. A list of the nominee's publications.

A candidature received after the opening of a session of the Executive Council shall not be considered at that session, but shall be taken into consideration for all subsequent IMO Prizes to be awarded during the financial period in question, as will the names of all candidates submitted but not chosen for the award the year submitted.

List of winners

 

 

2015

 

Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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2014

Dr Alexander Bedritsky

Russian Federation

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2013
 

Dr Tillmann Mohr 

Germany

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2012

Dr Zaviša Janjić

Serbia/United States of America

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2011

Professor Aksel Wiin-Nielsen

Denmark

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2010

Professor Taroh Matsuno

Japan

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2009

Professor Eugenia Kalnay

Argentina/United States of America

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2008

Qin Dahe

China

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2007

Professor Jagadish Shukla

India/United States of America

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2006

Professor Lennart Bengtsson

Sweden

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2005

Dr John W. Zillman

Australia

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2004  

Dr Bennet Machenhauer

Denmark

2003

Dr Ye Duzheng

China

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2002

Dr Joanne Simpson

United States of America

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2001

Professor M. H. Ganji  

Iran, Islamic Republic of

2000

Professor Emeritus Edward Norton Lorenz

United States of America

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1999

Professor James C. I. Dooge

Ireland

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1998

Sir John Houghton

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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1997

Professor Mariano A. Estoque

Philippines

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1996

Professor Tiruvalum N. Krishnamurti

United States of America

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1995

Dr Roman L. Kintanar

Philippines

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1994

Dr J.P. Bruce

Canada

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1993

Professor W. E. Suomi

United States of America

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1992 Yuri Antonievich Izrael

Professor Yu. A. Izrael

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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1991

Professor Ragnar Fjørtoft

Norway

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1990

Dr Richard E. Hallgren

United States of America

1989

Professor Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty

India

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1988

Professor F. Kenneth Hare

Canada

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1987 Mikhail Ivanovich Budyko

Professor M. I. Budyko

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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1986  

Professor Hermann Flohn

Germany

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1985

Sir Arthur Davies 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1984  

Dr T. F. Malone

United States of America

1983

Mr M. F. Taha

Egypt

Professor Juan Jacinto Burgos (picture) 

Argentina

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1982

Dr William James Gibbs

Australia

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1981

Professor Bert Bolin

Sweden

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1980

Dr Robert M. White

United States of America

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1979

Professor Helmut Erich Landsberg

United States of America

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1978

Dr Alf E. G. E. Nyberg

Sweden

1977  

Dr G. P. Cressman

United States of America

1976 Evgeny Konstantinovich Fedorov

Academician E. K. Fedorov

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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1975  

Dr W. L. Godson

Canada

1974

Professor Joseph Smagorinsky

United States of America

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1973

Dr Charles Henry Brian Priestley

Australia

Mr John Stanley Sawyer (picture)

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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1972 Victor Antonovich Bugaev

Academician Victor Antonovich Bugaev

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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1971

Professor Jule Gregory Charney

United States of America

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1970

Dr Richard Th. A. Scherhag

Germany

1969

Professor Erik Herbert Palmén

Finland

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1968

Sir Graham Sutton

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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1966

Professor Kirill Y. Kondratyev

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

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1966

Professor Tor Bergeron

Sweden

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1965

Professor Sverre Petterssen

Norway/ United States of America

1964

Dr Francis W. Reichelderfer

United States of America

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1963

Dr Reginald Cockcroft Sutcliffe

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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1962

Dr Anders Ångström

Sweden

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1961

Professor Kalpathi Ramakrishna Ramanathan

India

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1960

Professor Jaques Van Mieghem

Belgium

1959

Professor Jacob Bjerknes

Norway/ United States of America

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1958

Mr Ernst Gold

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

1957

Professor Carl Gustav Rossby

Sweden/United States of America

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1956

Dr Th. Hesselberg

Norway