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Roberts, Walter Orr, 1987-08-21

Identifier: Item 40

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Walter Orr Roberts, 1987. Interviewed by Ed Wolff. 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. Walter Orr Roberts discusses how he came to be NCAR's first director, the purpose for creating a national center, the process for identifying NCAR's initial priorities, the issue of competition between NCAR and university programs, the debate regarding NCAR's focus on research with practical applications, and NCAR's early facilities. Roberts reflects on characteristics of a successful research center, his ideas about administration, and the importance of interdisciplinary research and international cooperation among the scientific community.


  • 1987-08-21


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

Repository Details

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