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Smagorinsky, J. (Joseph)
Oral history interview with Joseph Smagorinsky, 1986 May 16, 17 and 21.
Joseph Smagorinsky describes his youthful interest in weather, early education at New York University (NYU) and the Air Force Cadet Program. He mentions a number of others involved in the War Course who continued on to prominence in meteorology and other fields. He discusses Rossbys impact on the War Course, and talks about his forecasting work for a bombing group after receiving his commission. He reviews his education in the masters program at NYU under Haurwitz and Hans Panofsky and his thesis on determining the divergence fields. He describes meeting Charney at American Meteorological Society (AMS) and comments on his work with Harry Wexler at the Weather Bureau. He mentions the controversy between Soviet and American scientists regarding the influence of solar flares. He then describes his PhD work at the Institute for Advanced Study on a two-level primitive equation model and discusses the Phillips-Charney baroclinic model. He then reviews the organization of the General Circulation Research Section (GCRS), and details Reichelderfers leadership style as well as his own. He details the recruiting a number of scientists for modeling, including Manabe and Douglas Lilly, and talks about adding hurricane and mesoscale modeling to other fields. He comments on the computer technology changes that affected the Weather Bureaus location, and the choice of Princeton as a location for Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). He describes the executive committee of AMS, and the management style of Ken Spengler. He mentions key staff additions in the late 1960s and early 70s, and discusses Mahlmans leadership. Finally, Smagorinsky reflects on the success of GFDL and his own legacy.
American meteorologist (1924-2005). PhD (1953), New York University. First director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.
Charney, Jule G.
Haurwitz, Bernhard.
Lilly, D. K. (Douglas Keith), 1929-
Mahlman, J. D. (Jerry David), 1940-2012
Manabe, Syukuro, 1931-
Panofsky, Hans A.
Reichelderfer, Francis W. (Francis Wilton), 1895-1983
Rossby, Carl-Gustaf
Smagorinsky, J. (Joseph)
Spengler, Kenneth.
Wexler, Harry, 1911-1962.
American Meteorological Society
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (U.S.)
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)
New York University
United States. Air Force
United States. Weather Bureau.
Solar flares.
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Young, John, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA