GENEVA, 18 October 2013
Dear Dr Zheng,
I was saddened to receive news of the passing of Prof. YE Duzheng on the 16th October 2013. On behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the international meteorological community and the staff of the WMO Secretariat, I would like to convey to you, and through you to Professors Ye's family, our most deep felt sympathy.
Prof. Ye has made an outstanding contribution to the development of geosciences in his over 70-year scientific career, and displayed his excellence in areas such as dynamic meteorology, Tibet Plateau meteorology, global change, etc. Needless to say it is these scientific achievements and unique contributions that saw him being awarded the 48th International Meteorological Organization Prize; a first Chinese winner of this prize, As one of the founders of modern meteorology in China, he was also an active international figure in promoting the cooperation of China with WMO and other countries in the field of meteorology, as evidenced in his contribution to and leadership in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).
I still remember warmly my meeting with Prof. Ye when I had the honour to hand over the award together with the WMO President Dr A Bedritsky in 2004.I was most impressed with his professionalism and humility. His passing is a great loss to the global meteorological community.
Please accept our most sincere condolences he has indeed left an indelible mark on meteorology in China and world.