Walter Orr Roberts

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Walter Orr Roberts
Born (1915-08-20)August 20, 1915
Died August 12, 1990(1990-08-12) (aged 74)
Fields Astronomy
Alma mater Harvard University
Children David Roberts Alan, Jonathan, and Jennifer (McCarthy).

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.[1] 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. He has the minor planet 3428 Roberts named after him.[2] NCAR's mesa is also named after Roberts.

Roberts's son is David Roberts.


  1. ^ New York Times: "Walter Orr Roberts Is Dead at 74; Expert on Climate's Effect on Life," March 14, 1990, accessed May 25, 2011
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names (fifth ed.). Germany: Springer. p. 286. ISBN 3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 

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