Athelstan Frederick Spilhaus ment of Meteorology 1911-1998 and Oceanography and served as its chairman Athelstan Spilhaus, a "Renaissance man" who from 1938 to 1947. He made important contributions to science, education, then became the direc- art, and many forms of technology, died in tor of research at New Middleburg, Virginia, on 30 March 1998. He was 86. York University (NYU) (1946-48). After leav- It is customary in this sort of encomium to start ing NYU he became the by saying "he will be remembered for . . .," but in dean of the Institute of the case of Spilly (as his friends called him) he will Technology of the Uni- be remembered for such a variety of accomplish- versity of Minnesota, a ments that one can hardly single out any one high- light marking his long career. This writer, for one, post that he held for the will remember him for his boundless energy, en- next 17 years (1949-66). thusiasm for life, and friendly humor. Spilhaus was an avid inventor. In his later years he became fascinated with mechanical toys and Spilhaus's roots lie in Cape Town, South Africa, clocks of all kinds, and he amassed a world-class where
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Aug 1, 1998
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