Walter Orr Roberts

Building HAO, NCAR, and a Foundation for Scientific Innovation in Boulder

Front page of typewritten minutes.


Hiring Roberts to lead the new national center

In these minutes from 1960, the Executive Committee discuss the decision to offer NCAR's first directorship to Walter Orr Roberts. In accepting the position, Roberts had two conditions: that HAO would join with NCAR and that the new NCAR headquarters would be located in Boulder. The committee discusses opportunities for merging HAO and NCAR and agree that Boulder is a sound choice for the headquarters due to its convenient location and its burgeoning scientific community that included the University of Colorado and the National Bureau of Standards Propagation Laboratory.

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