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ESSA 2 TIROS Satellite launched on Feb. 28, 1966.
ESSA 2 TIROS Satellite

TIROS I satellite on test stand during preliminary test stage.
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Legacy Awards
Awards Presented to David Johnson

Legacy Awards

NOAA David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data

Created in 1999, the NOAA David Johnson Award is presented to young professionals who developed an innovative application of Earth observation satellite data that can be used for operational purposes. The nominee must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and no more than 40 years of age.

NOAA David Johnson Award

Presentation: The award is presented annually by the National Space Club at the Annual Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.

Award: This is a non-monetary award. Winners receive a plaque acknowledging their accomplishment.

List of recipients:
  • 2013 - Dr. Craig Ferguson – Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Albany
  • 2012 - Dr. Douglas Morton – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • 2011 - Dr. Jianglong Zhang – University of North Dakota
  • 2010 - Dr. Lidia Cucurull – NOAA, National Weather Service
  • 2009 - Dr. Molly E. Brown – University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2008 - Dr. William J. Blackwell – MIT Lincoln Laboratory Lincoln Laboratory
  • 2007 - Dr. Peter J. Etnoyer – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies
  • 2006 - Dr. Steven D. Miller – Naval Research Laboratory
  • 2005 - Dr. Jeffrey T. Morisette – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • 2004 - Dr. Jason Dunion – University of Miami, Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies
  • 2003 - Dr. John A. Knaff - Colorado State University, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
  • 2002 - James Cantore - Weather Channel
  • 2001 - Dr. Jun Li – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
  • 2000 - Dr. Gregg Jacobs - Naval Research Laboratory
    Dr. Brian Soden – NOAA, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  • 1999 - Dr. Kevin J. Schrab – NOAA, National Weather Service
    Dr. Fuzhong Weng – NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
David S. Johnson Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship
This scholarship has been established in memory of David Simonds Johnson, past president and Honorary Member of AMS and a pioneer in the use of weather satellites. “Dave” to friends and associates alike, was a meteorologist and administrator for NOAA for more than a half-century and served as the first assistant administrator of the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). The David S. Johnson Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship will be administered by the American Meteorological Society (AMS)and will be awarded to a student entering his or her final year of university study, majoring in atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences or in remote sensing of the Earth. The scholarship carries a $3000 stipend.

Application: Original Scholarship Announcement 2004

Awards and Honors Presented to David Johnson
  • 1962 Arthur S. Flemming Award semi-finalist of the Downtown Jaycees of the District of Columbia Junior Chamber of Commerce
    "Because of a unique combination of training in engineering and meteorology, he can be considered largely responsible for the great success of the TIROS and Nimbus weather satellite effort. ”-- F.W. Reichelderfer, Chief, U.S. Weather Bureau. Citation

  • 1965 Gold Medal, U. S. Department of Commerce, for Distinguished Achievements
    Letter of congratulations dated January 22, 1965 from John Will, Chairman, Incentive Awards Board
    In recognition of unusual ingenuity, leadership, and guidance in the development and implementation of a National Operational Meteorological Satellite System.

    Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

  • 1966 Exceptional Service Medal, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    For outstanding achievement leading to the nation’s first operational weather satellite. His role in carrying out the joint cooperative effort between NASA and the Environmental Science Services Administration culminated in the nation’s first operational weather satellite, ESSA-1.

    Exceptional Service Medal Photo Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey presents NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Left to right: Morris Tepper (NASA), Vice-President Humphrey, David Johnson (ESSA), and Herbert Butler (NASA)

  • 1967 Elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society

  • 1973 Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union

  • 1974 Career Service Award for Sustained Excellence, National Civil Service League

    Elected Corresponding Member International Academy of Astronautics of the International Astronautical Federation

  • 1978 William T. Pecora Award, NASA and Dept. of Interior,
    "For his work in applying satellite remote sensing to monitoring the weather and the environment.” The award has been presented since 1974 to honor outstanding contributions in the field of remote sensing, and is named in honor of Dr. Pecora, former Undersecretary of the Interior and Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Citation; Press Release; News Clipping

  • 1980 U.S. Presidential Meritorious Executive Award
    "For sustained accomplishment of executive duties…”
    Nomination forwarded for Distinguished Executive by Philip M. Klutznick, Secretary of Commerce, April 15, 1980

    Letter of Congratulations for selection of Meritorious Executive from Secretary of Commerce, Sept. 18, 1980

  • 1981 Achievement Award, American Astronautical Society

  • 1982 Charles Franklin Brooks Award for Outstanding Services to the Society, American Meteorological Society
    "for his distinguished service to the Society, over a period of more than two decades, as chapter officer, committee leader, Councilor, and President."

    AMS Awards AMS Citation and Photo

  • 1985 Silver Medal, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

    Presentation of silver medal from Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige
    News Clipping: Presentation of Silver Medal from Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige

    Letter and Award program during 25th Anniversary of Weather Satellites
    For outstanding pioneering contributions critical to the development of the U.S. civil operational environmental satellite systems and services.

  • 1987 Group Award, National Research Council, Panel on Redesign of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster and Committee on Shuttle Criticality Review and Hazard Analysis Audit Award Program

    Elected Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, District of Columbia Chapter Certificate and letter

  • 1989 Elected Fellow of the American Astronautical Society

  • 1992 William Randolph Lovelace II Award for outstanding contributions to space science and technology

    For his pioneering scientific and technical leadership in establishing United States and International capability for monitoring the Earth’s Environment in space.Citation and Justification

    Direct Readout Satellite Data System into the Space Technology Hall of Fame, United States Space Foundation “For your role in the successful development and commercialization of this technology.

  • 1993 National Research Council Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems (CETS) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Board Director. Nomination and endorsement

  • 2000 Honorary Member of the American Meteorological Society

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