The World Meteorological Organization honoured Professor Gordon McBean of Western University Ontario, Canada, and President, International Council for Science, with the sixty-second IMO Prize on 16 May 2017 for his outstanding work in meteorology and climatology and his leadership as a scientific researcher.
The IMO Prize is the most important award in meteorology. Established in 1955 and named after the predecessor of the WMO, the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), it is awarded every year by WMO Executive Council to individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of meteorology, hydrology, climatology or related fields.
Professor McBean received the IMO Prize for his outstanding contributions to meteorology as an atmospheric and climate scientist and a leader of international and national scientific research programmes, most notably the World Climate Research Programme from 1988 to 1994. Professor McBean, a former Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment Canada, led global efforts to raise awareness about climate change impacts and played a key role in the development of the Intergovernmental Panel in Climate Change (IPCC). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as an IPCC contributor in 1997.