Adrian Marroquin of the Forecast Systems Laboratory passed away on September 30, 2003, from complications of cancer. Adrian worked at FSL as a CIRA Research Scientist for the past 18 years, specializing in the areas of:
Formulation and computer implementation of two- and three-dimensional numerical model dynamics for synoptic and mesoscale meteorological applications
Computer implementation and verification of turbulence, convection, and radiation parameterizations and boundary layer formulations for numerical weather prediction models
Dynamic meteorology and numerical analysis with applications to weather analysis and forecasting.
Prior to 1985, Adrian worked at NCAR, in Boulder, as a CIRES Research Associate and a Postdoctoral Fellow. He also taught undergraduate physics and mathematics, and primary school students in his home country of Colombia. His academic training included a B.S. in Mathematical Physics from the University Libre de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia in 1969; an M.S. in Physics from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida in 1973; and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico in 1981.
Aside from his professional contributions, Adrian will be remembered for his goodwill and the courage he showed in the face of his terrible illness – without pessimism, fear, or resentment.