Following a long and successful career in academia, Dr. Joe R. Eagleman earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus of atmospheric science at the University of Kansas (KU) in 2001.
LAWRENCE, KS, August 19, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Joe R. Eagleman, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Eagleman celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Following a long and successful career in academia, Dr. Eagleman earned the distinguished title of a professor emeritus of atmospheric science at the University of Kansas (KU) in 2001. A faculty member for nearly four decades, he was acquired in 1963 as an assistant professor shortly after receiving his doctorate degree. A passionate leader, Dr. Eagleman taught and mentored hundreds of students during his tenure on campus and was involved in numerous advances in his field.
Renowned for his expertise as a meteorologist, Dr. Eagleman was an expert witness for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, the Kansas Senate in Topeka and the IRS in Washington. He also published five scientific textbooks, which have since been widely used in the field. His 1975 book, "Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Building Damage," is specific to his research on safety and has since been adopted throughout the nation. Others include "The Visualization of Climate," "Severe and Unusual Weather," "Meteorology: The Atmosphere in Action" and "Air Pollution Meteorology."
As a seasoned researcher, Dr. Eagleman debunked the longstanding myth that the southwest corner of the home was the safest place to seek shelter in the event of a tornado. However, after much research, he found that this was not the case, which led directly to national policy changes. He was also responsible for conducting a successful experiment on the Skylab (the first U.S. space station). Funded by NASA, the experiment involved using instruments to measure the amounts of water in the surface soil by use of a radiometer. The results showed that one could see moisture in the top six inches of soil from space.
Among Dr. Eagleman's other noteworthy accomplishments, he developed the first unconfined laboratory tornado, which was used by Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, as an attraction for many years. A similar model was designed for the Exploratorium in San Francisco during the 1980s and is still in existence. Outside of his full-time commitments, Dr. Eagleman is a passionate musician who especially enjoys playing the guitar and mandolin. He has recorded five albums of original music since 2012, including "Eagleman Melodies," "Golden Streets" and "Breath of Fresh Air." His 2019 releases, "Super Vibration Sensations" and "Modernized Country Christmas," include 24 songs that he composed and sang with his grandson.
A prolific author, Dr. Eagleman has published over a dozen books in all. He has written on the subject of musical instrument construction in "How to Make a Mandolin" and "How to Make an Acoustical Guitar." He also contributed books about horticulture in "How to Graft Trees" and "How to Grow, Propagate and Hybridize African Violets," as well as several poetry books. In 2019, Dr. Eagleman released his autobiography, "Name Your Price," which details his upbringing on a farm as the 11th of 12 children, his education and hobbies as a child and his many experiences as a meteorologist. That same year, he released "Monumental Moments," another personal story that incorporates several significant moments that impacted the course of his life.
Dr. Eagleman sought a formal education at the University of Missouri, from which he received a Bachelor of Science in 1959, a Master of Science in 1961 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1963. A dedicated civic advocate, he was an elder of the Southside Church of Christ for several decades. In support of his illustrious career, he was also a member of the American Meteorological Society for many years. He initiated and developed the Atmosphere Science Program at KU. In 2017, a former KU student of Dr. Eagleman's established the Joe Eagleman Scholarship for atmospheric science majors, which is funded by alumni of the program.
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