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By Robert G. Fleagle

This publication describes how the atmospheric sciences have been remodeled within the span of the author’s specialist occupation from its origins in primitive climate forecasting to its present concentrate on numerical modeling of environmental swap. It describes the author’s observations of the position that the technology of the ambience now performs in weather swap and different problems with social and political coverage.

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Although some councilors wanted to publicly expel Krick from the Society, others recognized that this step could be costly and that it might not be possible legally if Krick chose to challenge the action. , at which Krick offered his resignation and the relief with which it was accepted. " Officers who led the council through this difficult issue were President Sverre Petterssen, Vice President Henry Harrison, and Secretary Tom Malone. Malone especially deserves credit for behind the scene negotiations that secured the 24 Bibliography for Robert G.

The expeditious production and handling of this report stands in marked contrast to that of many National Academy reports in later years. Soon after the study was completed Jule Charney proposed to NASI CAS an international research program to test general circulation models. Charney viewed this as an essential step toward the international science program proposed by President Kennedy and endorsed by the United Nations. 29 This story is continued in chapter 7. Also in 1961 Sverre Petterssen, over lunch at the Willard Hotel in Washington, offered me a University of Chicago professorship at a salary about 50% above my UW salary.

During the early 1960s much of my attention, and of Joost Businger's, was directed toward the writing and publication of An Introduction to Atmospheric Physics. We both felt there was need for a text that would encourage the interest of physics students in the atmospheric sciences and would provide for students of the atmospheric sciences the fundamentals of general physics. Some years earlier I had met and corresponded with Kurt Jacoby of Academic Press, who expressed interest in a book along those lines.

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