Walter Orr Roberts agriculture connection; the world's food system; and 1915-1990 indeed, the world's future. His focus on climate var- On 12 March 1990 atmospheric iability and climate change was a force in bringing science lost a creative leader, sci- these important topics to the attention of thoughtful ence lost a thoughtful spokes- policy makers years before the current acceleration man, and all of us lost a warm of interest made the greenhouse effect a household friend. phrase. Walter Orr Roberts, affection- Early in his career Roberts was elected a fellow of ately known as Walt to everyone, the American Association for the Advancement of was born 20 August 1915 in West Science. He was later to serve on the AAAS board Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He graduated from Am- and in 1968 was elected president of that organiza- herst College in 1938, and earned a Ph.D in Astron- tion. He served on the boards of other groups, rang- omy from Harvard University in 1943. In 1940 he ing from agricultural research organizations, such as married Janet Naomi Smock, and shortly thereafter the Winrock International Livestock Research and moved to Climax, Colorado. Seven years later they Training Center and the Desert
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 1990
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