Pauline Morrow Austin

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Pauline Morrow Austin
Born (1916-12-18)December 18, 1916
Kingsville, Texas
Died August 29, 2011(2011-08-29) (aged 94)
Gainesville, Florida
Spouse(s) James Murdoch Austin
  • Doris A. Price
  • Carol T. West

Pauline "Polly" Morrow Austin (December 18, 1916 – August 29, 2011[1]) was an American meteorologist.

Austin received a BA from Wilson College in 1938, an MA from Smith College in 1939, and a PhD in Physics from MIT in 1942.

Austin began her career as a meteorologist during World War II. She was one of nine women recognized for wartime scientific and technical contributions.[2] She then worked at MIT as the Director of the weather radar, and as part of the research staff in their Radiation Laboratory. In addition she was associate editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Austin was married for 59 years to Dr. James Murdoch Austin, known for his modeling of the meteorology of air pollution. Their two daughters are Doris A. Price of Annapolis, Maryland and Carol T. West of Gainesville, Florida.

She currently volunteers at the Florida Museum of Natural History.


  1. ^ Pauline Austin; developed weather radar after WWII
  2. ^ Wilson College. "Pauline Morrow Austin". Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Bailey, Martha J. (1994). American Women in Science:A Biographical Dictionary. ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 0-87436-740-9.