Philip Duncan Thompson Papers
Scope and Contents
These papers document the career of Philip Duncan Thompson (1922-1994), whose research focused on the large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere, numerical weather prediction, and the statistical theory of hydrodynamic turbulence. The materials cover his career as a regular officer in the United States Air Force in meteorology beginning in World War II, continuing at the Institute for Advanced Study's Electronic Computer Project, the Air Force Cambridge Research Labs, the Joint Numerical Weather Prediction Unit, MIT, and the University of Stockholm. Much of the collection documents his critical administrative work for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where he served in many directorial positions. The papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches and lectures, articles and manuscript drafts, teaching materials, notes and calculations, clippings, awards, printed matter, photographs, oral histories, and other materials.
- Majority of material found in 1960-1989
- Other: Date acquired: 19940900
- Thompson, Philip Duncan (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Some materials in the collection are restricted, contact the Archivist for access. Select materials in the Financial and Correspondence/Memoranda subseries and the Personal series are restricted.
Conditions Governing Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
33.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Arrangement is by material type. The collection consists of ten series in twenty-two boxes: Series I: NCAR/UCAR Subseries A: Administration Subseries B: Board and committee materials Subseries C: Financial materials Subseries D: Reports Subseries E: Program/Project files Subseries F: Research files Subseries G: Meetings and conferences Subseries H: Trips Series II: United States Air Force Subseries A: Miscellaneous Subseries B: Orders Subseries C: Reports Subseries D: Trips Series III: Personal Subseries A: Education Subseries B: Biographical materials Series IV: Correspondence and memorandum Series V: Presentations and speeches Series VI: Publications Series VII: Organizations Subseries A: AMS Sub-subseries 1: Presidency materials Sub-subseries 2: Committee materials Sub-subseries 3: Conference materials Subseries B: NASA Subseries C: CAS Subseries D: WMO Series VIII: Raw data Subseries A: Charts and graphs Subseries B: Calculations and equations Subseries C: MIZZI printouts Series IX: Visual materials Subseries A: Photographs Subseries B: Awards Subseries C: Oral histories Series X: Miscellaneous Subseries A: Press releases/Newsletters Subseries B: Reports Subseries C: Subject files Subseries D: Unidentified materials
Physical Access Requirements
The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.
The majority of materials were transferred from Thompson's NCAR office to the Archives. Some other materials were retained and stored by the family until they were donated in 2000.
Source of Acquisition
NCAR Climate and Global Dynamics Division
Method of Acquisition
Materials were collected from Thompson's NCAR office after his death in 1994. Additional materials were donated by Thompson's family in 2000.
Publications were examined for Thompson's handwritten notes. Those containing his notes were retained, all others were discarded. Copies of photographs beyond 1 copy, copies of documents beyond 2 copies, and routine correspondence were discarded.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected.
Processing was completed in December 2009. Upon acquisition, materials had little order.
Materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Documents were interleaved with acid-free paper as needed and visual materials were housed in archival sleeves. Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips when needed. Folded materials were un-folded and flattened when possible.
Correspondence materials are arranged by the sender.¬† When the sender sent two or more pieces of communication, those materials were placed in their own folder and titled by the sender's name. All other correspondence was arranged alphabetically in one folder and labeled "A-Z."
Materials are arranged by type and folders are arranged alphabetically by title. Oversize materials are located in box 22, arranged by type and then alphabetically.
- Roberts, Walter Orr
- Thompson, Philip Duncan
- American Meteorological Society.
- Meteorology--International cooperation Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Meteorology--Research Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.). Advanced Study Program. Subject Source: Lcnaf
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
- World Meteorological Organization.
- Diane Rabson revised by Colleen M. McCorkell
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