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UCD Engineering Professor Wins Major International Prize

"Heartiest congratulations" – Minister of State

"One of World’s leading Hydrologists" – Secretary-General of WMO

"An outstanding Contributor to the world’s understanding of Water Flow" – Professor of Civil Engineering at UCD

The 44th International Meteorological Organisation Prize, known as the IMO Prize, has been awarded to James C.I. Dooge, Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering at UCD. The award is in recognition of his pioneering concepts in theoretical hydrology and his leadership in the promotion of interdisciplinary and international co-operation in geophysics.

Probably the most prestigious in international meteorology and hydrology, the prize is awarded each year by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the United Nations agency responsible for meteorology and hydrology. It is the first time it has been awarded to a Civil Engineer and the first time also for an Irish person.

The IMO Prize consists of a fourteen carat gold medal with the WMO emblem on one side and the Latin inscription "Pro singulari ergo scientiam meteorologicam merito" on the other. The Prize also includes a parchment scroll and a monetary award and the presentation will take place in Dublin at a later date.

Although perhaps better known to the public as a former Minister for Foreign Affairs and a long-time member of Seanad �ireann, Professor Dooge has had a long and distinguished career in hydrology and was Professor of Civil Engineering in UCD for a number of years.

Always an advocate of the interdisciplinary approach to major scientific problems, Prof. Dooge has helped co-ordinate the separate approaches of scientists and decision makers to the solution of key environmental problems confronting society. He has been an active participant in many international bodies dealing with climate change and related issues and he chaired the organising Committee for the Second World Climate Conference in Geneva in 1999 and the International Conference on Water and the Environment in Dublin in 1992.

The recipient of several international awards and honorary degrees, Prof. Dooge has held many prestigious positions on international and scientific bodies. He was President of both the International Council of Scientific Unions and of the International Association for Hydrological Sciences.


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