Walter Orr Roberts (August 20, 1915 – March 12, 1990) was an American astronomer and atmospheric physicist. He received his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University in 1943. He was the founding director of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO). Subsequently he was the founding president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and first director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He taught online for the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute in the mid-1980s, and also published an online weekly column entitled "Provocations" about climatology. For decades, Roberts argued against action to halt anthropogenic global warming.
He has the minor planet 3428 Roberts named after him. NCAR's mesa is also named after Roberts.
Roberts's son is David Roberts.
- ^ New York Times: "Walter Orr Roberts Is Dead at 74; Expert on Climate's Effect on Life," March 14, 1990, accessed May 25, 2011
- ^ * Joint House-Senate colloquium to discuss a national policy for the environment. Hearing before the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, and the Committee on Science and Astronautics, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninetieth Congress, second session. July 17, 1968. p. 216.
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