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Medrud, Nelder, 1988-05-26

Identifier: Item 27

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Nelder Medrud, 1988. Interviewed by Carol Rasmussen. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 2 hrs.) : analog, mono. Two physical versions (one master, one copy). Transcript (26 pgs.). Forms part of the UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection. Nelder Medrud begins the interview with a discussion of his life history, education and research prior to arriving at NCAR. Medrud became acquainted with NCAR through Phil Thompson and Henry van de Boogaard while at the University of Stockholm, Sweden in the early 1960s. In the Air Force, Medrud’s specialty was applied climatology and a position opened up at NCAR focusing on applications to societal problems. The immediate focus of Medrud’s work at NCAR was on the matter of the consequences of hail to society. After the applications analysis program was dismantled, Medrud moved to the Field Observing Facility (FOF) as a project manager on field projects, the oversight of radar field projects in particular. Medrud reminisces about international travel and the satisfaction, as well of some of the hardships, of being in the field for various lengths of time and conditions. After working in the field so extensively Medrud moved to the Research Aviation Facility (RAF) where travel was less frequent. After a short time at RAF, Medrud began his tenure in the atmospheric chemistry division. Medrud speaks generally about NCAR, how its programs have developed and changed over the years, how research focuses have evolved, about the people and culture. Lastly, Medrud talks about his experience as a manager and administrator and speaks philosophically about NCAR’s noble purpose of bettering society and saving the planet.


  • 1988-05-26


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

  • Fieldwork Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Hailstorms Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Meteorology Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Scientists Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Repository Details

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