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Victor P. Starr papers

Identifier: MC-0300


  • 1948 - 1975


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Victor P. Starr, 1909-1976, A.B. 1930, New York State College; S.M. 1938, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D. 1946, University of Chicago, spent several years as a professional meteorologist with the United States Weather Bureau before becoming an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in 1941. He joined the MIT faculty as a professor of meteorology in 1947. In 1974, after he became professor emeritus, he worked for Environmental Research and Technology, Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts. Starr was the director of the MIT Planetary Circulation Project. He developed the theory of negative viscosity which helps explain how angular momentum developed by the rotation of a celestial body is redistributed via the circulation of its atmosphere or gaseous envelope. He also published many articles on the circulation of planetary atmosphere, water wave studies, and solar and planetary astronomy. His writings include the books Basic Principles of Weather Forecasting (1942) and Physics of Negative Viscosity Phenomena (1968).


13.8 Cubic Feet (13 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

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