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

 

2016

IMO Prize 61 Qing-Cun Zeng

Professor Qing-Cun Zeng (People's Republic of China)

Interview in Bulletin 64/1, 2015

Career highlights (in Chinese)

 

2015

 

Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE  (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

The Evolution of Climate Science: A personal view from Julia Slingo (article based on her IMP prize lecture)

Toward seamless climate-weather and environmental prediction (video);

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2014

Dr Alexander Bedritsky (Russian Federation)

WMO's role in the global soio-economic (sustainable) development (IMO prize scientific lecture PowerPoint);

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2013
 

Dr Tillmann Mohr (Germany)

Interview in WMO Bulletin Vol 54/1, page 27

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2012

Dr Zaviša Janjić (Serbia/United States of America)

Interview in WMO Bulletin Vol 62/2

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2011

Professor Aksel Wiin-Nielsen (Denmark)

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2010

Professor Taroh Matsuno (Japan)

Interview in WMO Bulletin Vol 60/2

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2009

Professor Eugenia Kalnay (Argentina/United States of America)

Interview in WMO Bulletin Vol 59/2

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2008

Qin Dahe (People's Republic of China)

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2007

Professor Jagadish Shukla (India/United States of America)

Interview in WMO Bulletin Vol 54/4, page 185

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2006

Professor Lennart Bengtsson (Sweden)

Tropical cyclones in a warmer climate (IMO prize speech, published in WMO Bulletin Vol 56/3, page 196);

Interview in WMO Bulletin Vol 53/3, page 191

Career highlights

 

2005

Dr John W. Zillman (Australia)

The WMO legacy for the 21st century: meteorology as a model for humanity (IMO prize speech, WMO Bulletin Vol 55/3, page 191);

The challenges for meteorology in the 21st century (IMO prize speech, WMO Bulletin Vol 54/4, page 224);

Related material: Adaptation to a variable and changing climate: challenges and opportunities for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (WMO Bulletin Vol 58/3)

Career highlights

2004 Bennert Machenhauer

Dr Bennet Machenhauer (Denmark)

Related material: Spectral Methods

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2003

Dr Ye Duzheng (People's Republic of 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)

Pioneers in Meteorology in I.R. of Iran: three generations - (published pn the occasion of IMO Prize 2001 for Dr. M. H. Ganji)

2000

Professor Emeritus Edward Norton Lorenz (United States of America)

The nature and theory of the general circulation of the atmosphere - The First IMO Lecture, presented at the Fifth Congress in 1967

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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)

The World of Weather and Water - an interview with Dr Kintaner

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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 Yuri Antonievich 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)

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1989

Professor Pisharoth Rama Pisharoty (India)

Career highlights

1988 Ken Hare IMO Prize 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)

Career highlights

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)

Career highlights

1982

Dr William James Gibbs (Australia)

Career highlights

1981

Professor Bert Bolin (Sweden)

Global biogeochemical characteristics of the biosphere and their dependence on climate and climate change - Presentation of the Fourth IMO Lecture at the Eighth Congress in 1979

Career hightlights

1980

Dr Robert M. White (United States of America)

Career highlights

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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)

Carrer highlights

1975 Godson IMO Prize 1975

Dr Warren L. Godson (Canada)

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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)

Career highlights

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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)

Career highlights

1956

Dr Th. Hesselberg (Norway)