Richard E. Hallgren

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Richard E. Hallgren is a former executive director of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) with more than 50 years of experience as a scientist. He had a number of senior positions with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including the director of the National Weather Service, director of World Weather Systems and federal coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research.[1] He directed the National Weather Service from 1979-1988[2] and was the executive director of the American Meteorological Society as of 1988.[3] His many national and international honors and awards include: the Arthur S. Fleming Award,[4] the Department of Commerce Gold Medal,[5] the Charles F. Brooks Award and the International Meteorological Organization Prize of the World Meteorological Organization.[6]

He received his PhD and BS in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. He wrote the book called A Safer Future: Reducing The Impacts Of Natural Disasters.[7]


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  4. ^ "Flemming Award Recipients 1948-2006". TSPPPA. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Department of Commerce Medal Recipients 1960-1970". NOAA History. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "List of Fellows". AMETSOC. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ "45 Beacon". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Ametsoc journal. 84 (5): 699–712. 2003. doi:10.1175/1520-0477-84.5.699.