College of LAS « Illinois

College and Campus Trivia

Wilhelmson

Atmospheric scientist Robert Wilhelmson received 14 awards, including an Academy Award nomination, for his groundbreaking animation of one of these in 1989.

What weather phenomenon did he animate?

Answer: A thunderstorm

Wilhelmson pioneered the use of computer graphics for visualizing severe storms, often using techniques borrowed from Hollywood and virtual reality. He later simulated the formation of a tornado from a severe thunderstorm—a feat that helped in storm prediction. Read more about his severe storm simulations.

« Other U of IQ college and campus trivia.