Derek Winstanley, DPhil

Derek Winstanley

Title: Chief Emeritus
Company: Illinois State Water Survey
Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States

Derek Winstanley, Chief Emeritus of the Illinois State Water Survey, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in meteorology, climatology and atmospheric science.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Winstanley attended Oxford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and a Master of Arts in 1970. He concluded his academic pursuits at this esteemed institution, graduating with a DPhil in 1970. As a young man, he became interested in meteorology because one of his neighbors in Northern England had his own weather station in his yard. Inspired, Dr. Winstanley installed instruments in his own yard, and took records every day, sparking his interest in weather and climate.

From 1997 to 2008, Dr. Winstanley worked as the chief of the Illinois State Water Survey, where he currently holds the designation of the chief emeritus, and he previously served as a deputy chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 1997. Prior, he held a position as a senior atmospheric scientist and as the director of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program in the Executive Office of the President. In addition, Dr. Winstanley also garnered experience as a meteorologist at the Anti-Locust Research Center in London, as a Program Analyst for the United States Department of Energy in Germantown, Maryland, and as a climatologist for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Winstanley has contributed multiple articles to professional journals, and has achieved myriad professional accomplishments. He has developed an advanced scientific understanding of the population dynamics of desert locusts in Africa and the Middle East, Palaearctic bird migrants in Africa and Europe, climate variability and change, climate models, acid precipitation, as well as surface waters and aquifers in the Midwest. He was recognized as the proxime accessit for the Henry Oliver Becket Memorial Prize from the Oxford University School of Geography. As a further testament to his success, Dr. Winstanley has been featured in the 18th edition of Who’s Who in the World as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.

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