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Bernard T. O'Lear



  • Existence: 1964-2003

Bernard T. O'Lear joined NCAR in 1964. Bernie wrote code for the first General Circulation Model (GCM) of the atmosphere, and in 1965 built the first computer movie—of the GCM—at NCAR. Initially an applications programmer, he later became a systems programmer and helped develop NCAR's first Fortran compiler. He wrote the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the first Mass Storage System at NCAR, which resulted in the procurement of the Ampex TeraBit Memory (TBM) system in 1977. He started the SCD Mass Storage System Group and was a key person in founding the IEEE Computer Society MSS Technical Committee. Serving as project manager for the University Satellite Network (USAN) in the mid-1980s, Bernie became manager of SCD's High-Performance Systems Section in 1986, expanding activities of the group in 1991 to include networking. He became associate director of SCD in 1994 and served in that position until retiring in 2003.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Scientific Computing Division (SCD) Records

Identifier:  - 04-SCD
Scope and Contents This collection contains records from the Scientific Computing Division (SCD). The collection is organized into 7 distinct series. The collection contains primarily contains correspondence, legal documents, reports, newsletters, VHS tapes and computer artifacts. Newsletters from this collection have been digitized and are avaiable in the NCAR Library's digital repository, OpenSky.