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Knauss confirmed as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday, 3 August 1989, confirmed John A. Knauss, noted oceanographer and educator, as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Nominated on 20 July by President George Bush, Knauss succeeds William E. Evans. As Under Secretary, Knauss will be the sixth Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the nation's civil air-sea agency and, with 11,500 employees, the largest organization in the Commerce Department.

NOAA includes the National Weather Service, National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Envionmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

Since 1962, Knauss has been a professor of oceanography in the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He also served as dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography from 1962 to 1987, and as the university's provost for marine affairs from 1969 to 1982.

Knauss has been a member of two presidential commissions on marine affairs: The Commission on Marine Science, Resources, and Engineering (the Stratton Commission) in 1967 to 1968 and the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA), 1978-85. He served as chairman of NACOA from 1981 to 1985. He has been president of the Association of Sea Grant Program Institutions, chairman of the Ocean Science Committee of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, and chairman of the Marine Division of the National Association of State Universitates and LandGrant Colleges.

Knauss has served as president the oceanographic section American Geophysical Union, vice president of the Marine Technology Society, vice chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences section, and as council member of the American Meteorological Society. He was a cofounder of the Law of the Sea Institute and served on its governing board from 1965 to 19'76 and from 1981 to 1987. He has been elected a fellow of the AAAS, the AGU, and the MTS.

Knauss has served on a number of committees of the National Research Council, including the ocean policy committee and the earth science division, and on advisory committees to several Federal agencies including the Atomic Energy Commission, Coast and Geodetic Survey, U.S. Navy, National Science Foundation, and the State Department. He also served as chairman of the executive committee of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions Deep-Earth Sampling, and is currently a member of the executive committee of the Council for Ocean Law. He received the National Sea Grant Award in 1974. He was elected to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1982 and received the Rhode Island Science and Technology Award in 1986. Knauss was graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1946), the University of Michigan (M.S., 1949), and the University of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Ph.D., 1959).
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Title Annotation:John A. Knauss
Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Article Type:Biography
Date:Jun 22, 1989
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