Climatologist honored for lifetime achievement
Vol. 17, No. 26April 2, 1998

Climatologist honored for lifetime achievement

John R. Mather, geography, received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Lifetime Career Honor at its 94th annual meeting in Boston on March 28.

The lifetime achievement award is the highest honor the 7,200 member organization can bestow on one of its own. AAG is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904 whose members share interests in the theory, methods and practice of geography.

AAG Executive Director Ronald Abler said this award is "designed to recognize a member who has provided exemplary service to the profession and the association over his or her entire career. Dr. Mather's contribution in research, climatology and instruction are known throughout the profession and are highly regarded."

Mather received his doctoral degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1951. He joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1963, serving as chairperson of the geography department from 1965-1989. He was vice president and president of the AAG from 1990-92 and is a member of the council and secretary of the American Geographical Society. He is a recipient of the University's Francis Alison Award as a distinguished member of the faculty and a 1989 excellence-in-teaching award.

Mather, who created the climatology program shortly after he came to UD, said he considers the award a "great honor" that says "you've achieved something in your field." He attributed this recognition by his colleagues, in part, to the strength of the national and international reputation that the University's climatology program enjoys. Norman J.W. Thrower, professor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles also received the Lifetime Career Honor at the meeting.

-Barbara Garrison