Piotr Smolarkiewicz received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Warsaw, Poland, in geophysics and physical sciences in 1973 and 1980, respectively. Afterwards, in 1981, he went to Boulder, Colorado, to join as a post-doctoral fellow in the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Before coming to NCAR, since 1973, Pitor Smolarkiewicz has been an assistant professor at the Department of Physics, University of Warsaw. After the post-doctoral appointment, since 1983 he has been a scientist at NCAR, in the rank of Senior Scientist since 1994. In 2005-2006, he served as an NCAR Science Advisor, and since 2007 he has been the Head of the Computational Mathematics Group at the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) of NCAR. In March 2013 he joined the Research Department of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) as a consultant.