William Hooke

American Meteorological Society

William Hooke is associate executive director of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and a senior policy fellow since 2000. He has published on atmospheric wave dynamics, remote sensing, and natural hazards science and policy. Hooke worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1967-2000, in a series of research and management positions, including deputy chief scientist and acting chief scientist. He served as senior scientist to then commerce secretary William Daley. Between 1993 and 2000, Hooke chaired the U.S. interagency subcommittee for natural disaster reduction, operated out of the White House. He is a member of the International Council for Science planning group on natural and human-induced environmental hazards and disasters (2006-2008) and integrated research on disaster risk scientific steering committee (2008-2009). Hooke was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2006, a national associate of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC) in 2008, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015. In 2014, he received the AMS Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award. He received a bachelor's in physics at Swarthmore College (1964) (honors), a master's at the University of Chicago (1966), and a PhD in geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago (1967).

Hooke has served on many hazards focused teams for the National Academy of Sciences, including being a member of the NRC advisory council on the International Decade for Natural Hazards Reduction (which became the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction) (1987), chair of the NAS/NRC disasters roundtable (2003-2009), chair of the committee on private-public collaboration to build community disaster resilience (2009-2010), and co-chair (with Ann Bostrom) for the committee on advancing social and behavioral science research and application within the weather enterprise (2016-present). NAS/NRC reports include Public Health Risks of Disasters (National Academies Press, 2004) and Building Community Disaster Resilience through Private-Public Collaboration (NAS/NRC, 2010).