Today in History: Meteorologist Charles Edward Anderson was Born
On this date in 1919, Charles Edward Anderson was born. He was the first African-American to earn a ph.d. in Meteorology.
Anderson was born on a farm in University City, near St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated as valedictorian from Sumner High School in 1937 and received a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri in 1941.
He was certified in Meteorology from the University of Chicago in 1943. Anderson also earned a Master of Science in Chemistry in 1948 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York. In 1960, Anderson earned a Ph.D. in Meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts.
He served as a captain in the Army during World War II and was the weather officer for the Tuskegee Airmen regiment, Tuskegee, Alabama. From 1961to 1965, Dr. Anderson also worked at the Atmospheric Science Branch of Douglas Aircraft Company, California.
From 1966 to 1987, he served as the Professor of Meteorology and Chairman of Contemporary Trends Course at the University of Wisconsin. In 1970, Professor Anderson was appointed Professor of Afro-American Studies and Chairman of the Meteorology Department.
In 1978 Professor Anderson became Associate Dean at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Anderson was also a professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., from 1987 until he retired in 1990.
He was a major contributor to a program at the university that has received national credit for its forecasting of severe storms. Anderson’s research focused on Cloud and Aerosol Physics, and Meteorology of other Planets. Charles Edward Anderson died on October 21, 1994.