It is a pleasure and an honor to present Dr. Joseph M. Prospero of the University of Miami with the International Society for Aeolian Research(ISAR) Distinguished Career Award for 2018. Joe was born at home in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, one of three sons of Italian immigrant parents. He got interested in science, and particularly chemistry, not only out of curiosity, but also because of “...all the usual things. Color reactions...explosions....” Thus, his earliest experimental work was done with a Lionel Chem-Lab set in its classic chrome-yellow wooden box. Joe had parents who, despite their own lack of education,encouraged learning for Joe and his brothers through reading and education. He earned his B.S. in chemistry at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 1956. From there he went on to Princeton University for graduate school, studying radiochemistry and nuclear spectroscopy, receiving his M.A. in 1959 and his Ph.D. in 1963. On the encouragement of George Reynolds (a physicist at Princeton), Joe began his career at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami in 1963. He has been studying dust everywhere on the planet–both on land and in the oceans–ever since.His research has been published in more than 170 papers and they are highly cited, showing the importance of dust in an astonishing diversity of the Earth’s natural systems, as well as its importance to human society.
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|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||International Society for Aeolian Research Distinguished Career Award, 2018 Joseph M. Prospero, Dr. Professor Emeritus, University of Miami|
|Series title||Aeolian Research|
|Contributing office(s)||Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center|