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December book recommendation and review: First Woman - Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere

18 Dec 2023 · 418 words, 4 min read.
“First Woman – Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere” is written by James Rodger Flemming, and published by Oxford University Press in 2020. The introduction starts of with “Joanne Simpson transformed the science of the tropical atmosphere and set a course in science for professional women to follow”. Joanne (192 – 2010) retired from NASA in 2004, though continued to contribute to discussions and to mentor. Her career started with learning, and then teaching, meteorology for the World War 2 safe navigation of ships and planes in the Pacific. Some of her latter research was aimed at understanding hurricanes and cloud seeding for the well-being of Americans. Joanne loved the research, with field measuring from airplanes, ships and such. She followed through with data analysis and developed the first models (manual, then computer) of how cumulus clouds work, and in turn contributing significantly to early modelling of the earth’s atmosphere. Her career culminated with managing the NASA / Japan building and launching of their first weather satellite (TRMM), and working on its data. Early in her career, in conjunction with Riehl, she developed her signature “hot tower” hypothesis of convection. Her PhD involved “the development of a mathematical theory of how dryer air mixes with a cloud (entrainment) in response to wind shear, demonstrating the asymmetrical interactions of clouds with their environment. The clouds moved faster than their surrounding environment that left behind some of their moisture as droplets”. Occasional glimpses into the importance of her research pop-out here and there in the book; “Precipitation is the most crucial link in both the hydrological cycle and the global atmospheric energy budget. The latent heat released by tropical precipitation helps drive low altitude circulations and supplies energy to power the wind system and balance the global heat budget.” However, this is not a regular popular science book, but very much the story of Joanne, the woman who was shunned by her mother, married three times, had three children (and grandchildren), all the time faced with institutionalized sexism, migraines, depression, and had to work extra hard to get her PhD. She was a prolific publisher (serious and popular science such as Scientific America), publishing under her 3 married names. Joanne was awarded numerous prestigious professional awards. She thrived on mentoring, was an avid dingy sailor, delved in some very late-in-life ballet, and enjoyed English history. Joanne stayed out of much of the climate debate, and wished scientists could simply work on the data and have a healthy debate, instead of confronting each other.

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