Joachim Kuettner (DI02316)
Joachim Kuettner (1909-2011) was a German-American scientist who worked in the U.S. space program, including the Mercury Redstone and Apollo projects. Later Kuettner coordinated and planned international atmospheric field studies, among them the landmark Global Atmospheric Research Program's Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE). In 1994 he joined the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research when the National Science Foundation awarded him the UCAR Distinguished Chair for Atmospheric Science and International Research. An active investigator into his 90s, Kuettner took part in the California-based T-REX field project in 2006. Shortly before his death in 2011, the Federal Republic of Germany presented Kuettner with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit, one of Germany’s highest civilian honors.
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