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Lally, Vincent E.



Vincent Lally, a retiree of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), holds degrees in meteorology, electronic engineering, and engineering administration from the University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He first became involved with balloons as an Army Air Corps meteorologist and radar officer during World War II in Saipan, where he tracked radiosonde balloons to measure winds over the Pacific Ocean. He came to NCAR in 1961 at the invitation of the center's first director, Walter Orr Roberts, to establish a National Scientific Balloon Flight Facility. The first launch facility, located in Palestine, Texas, is still in business, although it is now operated by NASA.

Lally worked at NCAR as a manager and senior scientist until his retirement in 1991. He was involved in a program to develop long- duration superpressure balloons to make atmospheric measurements over the Southern Hemisphere. He helped launch the first balloon to circumnavigate the world in 1965, while simultaneously developing instruments to measure and transmit atmospheric data back to scientists on the ground.

Some of his other projects over the years included balloon-borne instruments for sampling the atmosphere, systems that use an inverted balloon to act as a ballast for a superpressure balloon, a shipboard launching system, a sounding system for wind data research, and coatings to shed water off the outside surface of balloons. He also promoted the use of Global Positioning System technology for superpressure balloons. Since his retirement, he has continued to provide NCAR with technical advice.

In 1990, the American Meteorological Society honored Lally with the Cleveland Abbe Award for distinguished service to the atmospheric sciences by an individual.

Author: UCAR Communications

Found in 4 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

Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP) Records

Identifier:  - GARP

Arrangement is by original order. The collection is organized into 4 series housed in 2 record cartons and 1 Hollinger box:

Series 1: Administrative, 1969-1979, undated Series 2: Advisory Panels and Committees, 1970-1973 Series 3: Correspondence, 1970-1972 Series 4: Research, 1966-1976, undated

Dates: 1966-1979; Majority of material found in 1970-1972

Tropical Wind, Energy Conversion, and Reference Level Experiment (TWERLE) Records

Identifier:  - 04-TWERLE

Arrangement is by original order. This collection consists of 5 series in 3 boxes:

Series 1: Administrative, 1970-1975 Series 2: Correspondence, 1969-1976, undated Series 3: Research and Data, 1971-1978, undated Series 4: Presentations, Publications, Reports, 1969-1977 Series 5: Ephemera and Photographs

Dates: 1969-1978; Majority of material found in 1972-1976

Vincent E. Lally Papers

Identifier:  - 04-VEL

Arrangement is by material type. The collection consists of six series in six boxes: Series I: Biographical Series II: Notebooks Series III: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) Series IV: Research Series V: Audio-Visual Series VI: Publications

Dates: 1957-1997; Majority of material found in 1966-1980; Other: Date acquired: 2003-01-09