Awards and


Suomi received many honors during his scientific career. He was awarded the World Meteorological Organization's IMO [International Meteorological Organization] Prize; the National Medal of Sciences; Finland's first Walter Ahlstrom Prize; the Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia); Meisinger, Rossby, Losey, and Brooks awards from the American Meteorological Society (AMS); and awards from NASA and NOAA. On these and many other occasions Suomi humbly acknowledged the help of his colleagues and claimed that others deserved the credit. He was a member of the U.S. Academy of Engineering, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Finnish Academy of Sciences (Helsinki), the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, the International Academy of Astronautics (Paris), the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia), the Academy of Arts and Sciences (Boston), Phi Kappa Phi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1968 he was elected president of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union's Atmospheric Science Section. He also served on many influential committees, many of them as a director.
Excerpted from EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 76, no. 45, 1995. Posted with AGU permission.


1961     Meisinger Award, for Aerological research Achievements, by the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

1965     Foreign Member, Finnish Academy of Sciences

1966     Member, National Academy of Engineering, United States

1968    Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award, American Meteorological Society

Suomi receives the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Award

1968    Chosen to be president of the American Meteorological Society

Suomi as AMS president-elect

1970     Foreign Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Germany

1971     Robert M. Losey Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of meteorology as applied to aeronautics, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Losey Award article

1974     National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Public Service Group Achievement Award

NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award

1975     Foreign Member, International Academy of Astronautics, France

1976     Elected Member, American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society plaque

1977     Elected Fellow, Academy of Arts and Sciences, United States

1977     Harry Wexler Professorship of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Article from Wisconsin State Journal, Sat. April 16 1977


1977     National Medal of Science, National Science Foundation


National Medal of Science presentation     Article from Wisconsin State Journal, Wec. November 23, 1977


1980     Charles Franklin Brooks Award, for his many contributions of wisdom and leadership, both formal and informal, but especially as Councilor and President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS)

1980     Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Pioneer Venus Project, NASA

Pioneer Venus award

1980     William T. Pecora Award, for outstanding application of remote sensing of the atmosphere, U.S. Geological Survey

1980     Honorary Membership, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

1983     Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science for his major role in ushering in a new age of global weather observations, State University of New York-Albany

1984     Franklin Medal for contributions and leadership in the broad field of atmospheric research, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Franklin Medal plaque     Franklin Institute Award ceremony     Franklin Institute Member plaque    Article from Wisconsin State Journal

1984     Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Senior Distinguished Research Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1985     Commemorative medal for his contributions to international programs in geophysics, Soviet Geophysical Committee

1985      Silver medallion for outstanding pioneering contributions critical to the development of U.S. civil operational satellite systems and services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States

1985     Listed in American Men & Women of Science


1986    Phi Kappa Phi National Scholar

1986     Listed in Who's Who in America

1987    World Cultural Council certificate of recognition

World Cultural Council certificate

1988     Honorary Member, American Meteorological Society (AMS)

1988     Nevada Medal (first recipient) Desert Research Institute

1988     National Research Council Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems Certificate of Appreciation

National Research Council award

1990     Walter Ahlstrom Prize (first recipient) for his pioneering work in space-based remote sensing of the global environment, The Walter Ahlstrom Foundation, Finland

Ahlstrom Award Plaque     1990 Walter Ahlstrom Prize

1992     Honorary Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science


1992     NASA Earth Radiation Budget Experiment certificate of appreciation

ERBE award

1993     38th International Meteorological Ogranization Prize for pioneering contributions as father of weather satellites, establishing the field of satellite meteorology, World Meteorological Organization


IMO award


1994     NESDIS Silver Medal Award

NESDIS Silver Medal Award certificate

1997    American Meteorological Society creates Verner Suomi Award


2008    Listed in Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography


The committees on which Dr. Suomi served are listed alphabetically by organization. Years in which Dr. Suomi served are given where known. Unless otherwise mentioned, committees are based in the United States.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Council Nominating Committee, 1982-1984

American Meteorological Society

President, 1968

Planning Commission, 1981-1985

Education and Manpower Commission, Ad Hoc Committee, 1985

Committee on Space Research

Working Group VI, Panel A on Weather and Climate, 1973-1974

Desert Research Institute

National Science Advisory Committee, 1989

Desert Research Institute, National Science Advisory Committee

Global Atmospheric Research Program

U.S. Committee for the Global Atmospheric Research Program, Chair, 1968-1974

National Academy of Sciences

Interdepartmental Committee on Atmospheric Sciences (ICAS), Select Panel on Weather Modification, 1965

Geophysics Film Committee, 1981-1984

Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP), Research Briefing Panel on Atmospheric Sciences, 1982

National Advisory Committee on Ocean Atmosphere

Chair, 1971

National Advisory Committee document

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Science and Mission Requirements Working Group for System Z, 1983

Earth Observing System Science Steering Committee, 1984

NASA/University Relations in Space Science, Study Group, 1984

Space and Earth Sciences Advisory Committee, Task Force on the Scientific Uses of Space Station, 1984-1985

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Chair, Panel on Scientific Use of Balloons, 1961-1964

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Joint U.S./People's Republic of China Working Group on the Atmospheric Protocol, 1979-1981

National Research Council

Geophysic Research Forum

Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC), NOAA Review Panel

Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Resources, BASC Panel on Climate-Related Data, 1982-1985

Space Applications Board, Committee on Practical Applications of Remote Sensing from Space, 1983-1984

National Science Foundation

Advisory Panel on Weather Modification, 1959-1964

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Mesoscale Steering Committee, National STORM Program, 1981

Board of Trustees, 1982-1985

Board of Trustees Budget and Program Committee, 1986

Board of Trustees Executive Committee, Member-at-Large, 1986

UNIDATA Steering Committee

UNIDATA, Local Hardware-Software System (LOHSS) Working Group, 1985

University of Alaska

Geophysical Institute, Advisory Board, 1984-1986

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Library Committee, 1964-1966 (Chair, 1966)

Dept. of Meteorology, Department Chair 1950-1952, 1954-1957
Curriculum Committee, 1966-1970

World Meteorological Organization

Joint Scientific Committee

Committee on Climatic Changes and the Ocean

Working Group on Satellite Observing Systems for Climate Research, Chair, 1983-1985