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Kraus, Eric B., 1987-10-28, 1987-11-06

Identifier: Item 44
Oral history interview with Walter M. Elsasser, 1986. Interviewed by Jeffrey T. Kiehl. 1 sound cassette (ca. 1 hr.) : analog, mono + transcript (17 pgs.). AMS 1; two physical versions (one master, one copy). Forms part of American Meteorological Society Oral History Project. Eric Kraus begins by describing his youth, family, teachers and friends in prewar Czechoslovakia; his schooling in Switzerland, Vienna, Bergen, Norway, and Prague. He recounts wartime activities in the French Air Force and the Royal Air Force, where he set up meteorological flights for weather forecasting. He discusses his work as a radiophysicist for CSIRO in Australia; as a lecturer at the University of Sydney; his role in the Snowy Mountains Authority. He recalls his experiments with weather modification and growing skepticism regarding its practicality. Next he describes the Rossby Fellowship, which brought him to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 1961, and his contributions to the study of the interaction of the atmosphere and the ocean; in the study of upper ocean layers and large-scale energy transport in the ocean. He talks about his tenure as director of the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, University of Miami, as well as his work at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado.


  • 1987-10-28, 1987-11-06

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