Lloyd Berkner: Catalyst for Meteorology's Fabulous Fifties Earl G. Droessler,* John M. Lewis/ and Thomas 1. A prefatory note the Meteorology Section of the American Geophysi- cal Union (AGU) held from 29 April to 2 May in In the long sweep of meteorological history—from Washington, D.C.1 The list of research opportunities in Aristotle's Meteorologica to the threshold of the third his address begins with the promise of numerical weather millennium—the 1950s will surely be recognized as prediction and moves on to the "magnificent power" a defining decade. The contributions of many individu- of satellites as a "new tool" for the meteorologist— als were responsible for the combination of vision and months before the launching of the soviet Sputnik. institution building that marked this decade and set the We welcome this opportunity to profile Berkner stage for explosive development during the subsequent and to discuss "Horizons of Meteorology" in light of 40 years. In the minds of many individuals who were meteorology's state of affairs in the 1950s and the active during those early years, however, one name stands possible relevance to Berkner's ideas to contemporary out as a prime mover par excellence: Lloyd Viel Berkner. issues. It is quite
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 21, 2000
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