Horace Robert Byers depression . Jobs in 1906-199 8 meteorolog y were scarce. Byers returned Horace Robert Byers, a pioneer in aviation meteo- to California, spending rology, synoptic weather analysis, severe storms, cloud one year at Scripps In- physics, and weather modification—a research scien- stitute and one year tist, member of the National Academy of Science, a with Transcontinental statesman in meteorological circles, a teacher, a writer and Western Air, Inc., of one of the most widely used textbooks in meteo- where he instructed pi- lots and administrative rology, and a university administrator—died in Santa staff in the new tech- Barbara, California, on 22 May 1998 at the age of 92. niques of meteorologi- Byers was born 12 March 1906 in Seattle, Wash- cal analysis that ington. He obtained an A.B. degree in geography from Rossby had brought to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1929. Dur- this country. His lec- ing his undergraduate years at Berkeley, several events ture notes formed the basis for his first textbook, Syn- came together that profoundly affected his career. He optic and Aeronautical Meteorology, which was began his meteorological career as a cooperative ob- published in 1937 under the copyright of TWA.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 1998
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