October 21st in African American History – Charles Edward Anderson

October 21, 1994 Charles Edward Anderson, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Meteorology, died.

Anderson was born August 13, 1919 in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Lincoln University in 1941. After graduating, Anderson enlisted in the United States Air Force and was sent to the University of Chicago where he earned his meteorological certification in 1943 and began serving as Weather Officer for the Tuskegee Airmen.

Anderson earned his master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and in 1960 received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1966 until his death, Anderson was a professor, first at the University of Wisconsin and then at North Carolina State University.

Today the American Meteorology Society honor Anderson’s legacy with the Charles Anderson Award given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion of diversity in the atmospheric sciences.

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4 Responses to October 21st in African American History – Charles Edward Anderson

  1. nicoledenise August 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    thanks for opening a real solider in the lord’s army and for the tuskeegee airmen who’d soared with greatness,now i know for a fact that time and time again,we have been beating umder the rug not to show our true stars that can be fitted for somebody else and i be damned if i let my father or mother taken away from me as a singer,community activist and men’s rights advocacy. i have a home-based organization that open back the real basic of a a true family work together-forever. what i heard a bit about mr. anderson is excellence. i want to do biodiversity in mathematics and meterological technician, i love weather studyiing and mathematics. there comes a time i not a math person because my mother negativity thoughts always shows positivity to my brother ,of course,thats not fair,but i must unmasked her stupidity to know i can do anything-even without money,and im gladly thank an true airman who set my journey afloat. thanks mr. anderson for keeping your true colour trufuly.

    • Chimsima Zuhri August 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      Thank you for all of your wonderful comments on these great African Americans. Its great history makers like this that we should truly appreciate and thank for paving the way for the rest of us and our great country.

  2. nicoledenise August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    may the god lord blesses you, charles anderson, god has keeping you proper to learn the skies above us. thanks for a true ledgend, bye. r,i.p.

  3. nicoledenise August 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    thanks mr. anderson about learning the skies. may the good lord keep you blessed. if it’s wasn’t for you, i wouldn’t notice to study weather back in high school but singing is my option.

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