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LASP scientist receives Humboldt Research Award

October 31, 2011
LASP Atmospheric Scientist Peter Pilewskie

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded LASP scientist Peter Pilewskie a Humboldt Research Award for his achievements in the field of atmospheric science. (Courtesy LASP)

In recognition of his accomplishments and groundbreaking insights in the field of atmospheric science, LASP scientist and CU-Boulder Professor Peter Pilewskie has been named a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award. Pilewskie has been at LASP since 2004, where he performs research on the effects of clouds and aerosols on solar energy in the Earth’s atmosphere. He is also a professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and serves as the director of the collaborative LASP/NASA Goddard Sun-Climate Research Center.

LASP Director, Dan Baker, said, “As the recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award, one of the most coveted fellowships in European science, it is a great pleasure to congratulate my colleague and coworker for this outstanding achievement.”

The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Nominations are made by academics in Germany and the award supports research for up to one year in German institutions.

Pilewskie is Principal Investigator for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor and is co-investigator for the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), for which he provides expertise on radiative processes in our atmosphere. Prior to joining LASP, he worked at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.