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Federal government administrator

James Laurence Rasmussen, American federal government administrator. Achievements include the organization and management of very large international research programs: Global Weather experiment, 1979, Global Atmospheric Research program, Atlantic Tropical experiment, 1974 and the World Climate program. Recipient Gold medal United States Department Commerce, Washington, 1975, Alumni Achievement award Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 1993.

Background

Rasmussen, James Laurence was born on May 9, 1936 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Laurence Jay and Gertrude Marie (Larsen) Rasmussen.

Education

Bachelor in Mathematics, Physics, St. Olaf College, 1958. Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, University Utah, 1959. Master of Science in Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1963.

Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1968.

Career

From assistant to associate professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 1968-1972;from science coordinator to director United States Global Atmospheric Research program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (North), Rockville, Maryland., 1972-1976;manager global weather experiment, World Meteorological Program, Geneva, Switzerland, 1976-1979;director technical cooperation, World Meteorological Program, Geneva, 1979-1981;director climate analysis center, National Weather Svc., Camp Springs, Maryland., 1981-1984;director office of meteorology, National Weather Svc., Silver Spring, Maryland., 1984-1989;director world weather watch, World Meteorological Organisation, Geneva, 1989-1994;director environmental research laboratories, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland., since 1994.

Achievements

  • Achievements include the organization and management of very large international research programs: Global Weather experiment, 1979, Global Atmospheric Research program, Atlantic Tropical experiment, 1974 and the World Climate program.Avocations: golf, hiking, skiing.

Membership

First lieutenant United States Air Force, 1958-1961. Fellow American Meteorological Society (member county, commissioner). Member American Geophysical Union.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Operational meteorology. Weather forecasting; climatology. Inti coop; hiking, skiing, woodworking, gardening.

Connections

Married Sonja Gandrud, June 14, 1959. Children: Eric John, Kristi Bartho.

father:
Laurence Jay Rasmussen

mother:
Gertrude Marie (Larsen) Rasmussen

spouse:
Sonja Gandrud

children:
Eric John Rasmussen

Kristi Bartho Rasmussen