James McFadden | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

James McFadden

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NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project

As NOAA celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2020, there is renewed interest in expanding Oral Histories as a key component of the agency’s overall Heritage Program. Through Oral Histories, we will capture the theme: Celebrating the People Behind NOAA - 50 Years of   Science, Service and Stewardship.

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01-08-2020
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Molly Graham

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. James McFadden was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1934.  He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated with a degree in geology.  In 1960, James was offered a research assistantship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's meteorology program.  He spent five years in Madison and earned his PhD in meteorology.  In 1965, McFadden came to work for the Environmental Science Services Administration's Sea-Air Laboratory, part of the Office of Meteorological Research in Washington, D.C. as a research scientist.  His first flight with NOAA's hurricane hunters was accidental.  It was a research flight that took place during Hurricane Inez in 1966.  James would go on to fly into the eye of 574 storms, earning a Guinness World Record for longest career as a hurricane hunter.  He currently serves as Chief of Programs and Projects at NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center.


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