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Calhoun, John, 1988-06-15

Identifier: Item 7

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with John Calhoun, 1988. Interviewed by Earl Droessler. 1 sound cassette (ca. 1 hr.) : analog, mono. Two physical versions (one master, one copy). Transcript (24 pgs.). Forms part of the UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection. Dr. John C. Calhoun was one of the early pioneers and contributors to UCAR/NCAR development. Calhoun became acquainted with UCAR and a plan for developing a national program (the “Blue Book”) while at Texas A&M University in an administrative role. Although Calhoun did not have a background in the atmospheric sciences, he brought valuable institutional perspective, experience in program development and organizational management to the table. Calhoun talks extensively about those early days when selecting a director, a building site for the national center and an architect was of the utmost importance. Calhoun provides insight into the UCAR/NCAR relationship, how it developed in the early years and evolved over time. Calhoun talks about how the establishment of UCAR/NCAR advanced university activities and fostered education in the atmospheric sciences. There is a collegiality in the atmospheric sciences community that is much stronger today, which Calhoun partially credits to UCAR/NCAR. Calhoun also believes that UCAR/NCAR made the presence of special facilities, like the National Balloon Facility, more feasible. The interview ends with some personal anecdotes about Calhoun’s family origin, early life, education, background in petroleum engineering, professional positions and his family.


  • 1988-06-15


Conditions Governing Access

Some access restrictions apply to the interviews within this collection (mostly prohibiting online access), and all are not open for access. Please contact the Archives for more information. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, statements, and other information expressed in the interviews, or in any abstract or transcription thereof, reflect the opinions of the narrator and interviewer of the tape or transcript only, and do not necessarily reflect the views of UCAR / NCAR or the National Science Foundation.


From the Collection: 71.00 Items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

  • Buildings Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Planning Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Repository Details

Part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives Repository