Arthur Hou, the project scientist for the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement mission, died at home Nov. 20 from pancreatic cancer, which he had battled for more than a year.
“Arthur was an exemplary project scientist who kept the GPM flame alive during the various challenges as the project was being formulated and developed,” said Nick White, director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “It is so unfortunate he could not see the launch. His legacy will live on through the successful launch and operation of GPM next year.”
Under his skilled and dedicated stewardship, GPM became a truly global effort with a global team. He excelled in providing scientific oversight to meet or exceed GPM’s many science objectives and application goals. Due in part to his commitment to the GPM mission, a new satellite will soon be in orbit that will significantly increase our understanding, monitoring and prediction of global precipitation systems and high-impact weather events such as hurricanes and typhoons.