The latest book by James R. Fleming, Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere (Oxford University Press, 2020), details the life of pioneering meteorologist Joanne Simpson (1923-2010). Fleming, the first to write a comprehensive biography of Simpson, spent five years mining her archive at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute to bring her story to life. He was the first to read her personal diaries, containing details of a love affair and her passion for life. “This settles it,” Fleming said upon finding the diaries. “I’ve got to write this up.”

Read more about Fleming’s book at Colby Magazine.