Washington, who is from Portland, received a B.S. in physics (1958) and an M.S. degrees in meteorology (1960) from Oregon State. He has spent his entire career at NCAR; through his work there, Washington has become an internationally renowned climate scientist focusing on climate modeling. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2010, has served as chair of the National Science Board, and received an honorary doctorate from OSU in 2006. He was also that year’s commencement speaker.