October 28, Monday, 4pm, Olin 1
by Professor Jim Fleming
Science, Technology, and Society Program, Colby College
This talk is about Joanne Simpson (1923-2010), the first American woman to earn a Ph.D. in meteorology. It is about her personal and professional life, her career prospects as a woman in science, and her relationship to the tropical atmosphere. These multifaceted and interacting textual streams constitute a braided narrative and form a complex dynamic system that displays surprising emergent properties. Is Simpson best remembered as a pioneer woman scientist or the best tropical scientist of her generation? She was both, with the emphasis on best scientist.
Co-Sponsored by Colby Women in Physics