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Atlas, David



  • Existence: 1924-


David Atlas enlisted in the Army Corps in late 1942. He studied meteorology at New York University (B.Sc., 1946). Following his 1944 commission as a weather officer, he studied at the Harvard-MIT Radar School. He received the D.Sc. (1955) in meteorology from MIT while working at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory where he led the weather radar research program for 18 years. In 1959-1960 he was an NSF Senior Fellow at Imperial College in London. He also taught at the University of Chicago and subsequently headed both the Atmospheric Technology Division and National Hail Research Experiment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In 1977 he established and headed the Laboratory for Atmospheric Sciences at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scientist. He was President of the American Meteorological Society in 1975. He received a number of awards from the AMS including the Rossby medal (1996). He also received the Robert M. Losey Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics (1966) and the Symonds Memorial medal from the Royal Meteorological Society (1989). He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1986. Subject Files: Director of National Hail Research Experiment (NHRE) 1974-1976, Director of Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD) 1972-1974.

Author: Krista Stracka
Atlas, David (2001). Reflections: A memoir. Boston, Massachusetts: American Meteorological Society.

Subject Files.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD) Records

Identifier:  - 04-03-ATD

Arrangement is by original order. The collection is organized into 4 series housed in 8 record cartons: Series 1: Administrative, 1969-2001, undated Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-1980 Series 3: Facilities, 1969-1997, undated Series 4: Projects, 1970-2002, undated

Dates: 1964- 2016; Majority of material found in 1972-1979; Other: Date acquired: 19800000

David Atlas Papers, 1943-2012

Identifier: 04-DAP

This collection contains 19 folders which are arranged by material type and sorted by title.

Dates: 1943-2012; Majority of material found within 1943 - 1976; Other: Date acquired: 2003-07-25

National Hail Research Experiment (NHRE) Records

Identifier:  - 04-NHRE

Arrangement is by material type.

The collection consists of four series in five boxes:

Series I: Records of the National Hail Research Experiment Series II: Reports of the National Hail Research Experiment Series III: Research and Data Series IV: Photographic Materials and Oversize

Materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title, and within folders, chronologically.

Dates: 1959-1981; Majority of material found in 1970-1979; Other: Date acquired: 1986-10-28

Additional filters:

Aeronautics in meteorology 1
Meteorology--Observations 1
National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.). Atmospheric Technology Division. 1
SESAME Project 1
Supercomputers 1
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