Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Meteorology records
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- Creation: 1940 - 1983
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Meteorological study began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the summer of 1928 in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering under a three-year grant from the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics. Carl-Gustaf Rossby began the study of meteorology and physical oceanography when he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Aeronautics in 1928. Graduate instruction began in the fall of 1928, and undergraduate instruction was offered from 1944 to 1957.
Meteorology remained a program in the Department of Aeronautical Engineering until 1941, when it became the Department of Meteorology in the School of Engineering, Course XIV. In 1946 the course number changed to XIX. In 1957 the Department moved from the School of Engineering to the School of Science. In 1981 the name of the department became the Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, and in 1983 it merged with the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and became part of Course XII, as the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
Biographical / Historical
The heads of the Department of Meteorology of the Massachusetts Institure of Technology (MIT) were: Sverre Petterssen, 1941-1942; Henry Houghton, executive officer, 1942-1946, and head, 1946-1969; Norman Alton Phillips, 1970-1974; Jule Charney, 1974-1977; Edward Lorenz, 1977-1981; and Peter H. Stone, 1981-1983.
4.25 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
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- Harper, Kristine C. Weather by the Numbers: the Genesis of Modern Meteorology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.
- Wind, war, and weathermen, by Peter Dizikes. MIT News Office, June 7, 2011. http://news.mit.edu/2011/timeline-forecasting-0607
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- M.I.T./W.H.O.I Joint Program (Organization)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Meteorology (Organization)
- Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Meteorology, 1940-1983
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