Robert M. White (meteorologist)

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Robert M. White
Bob White NOAA.jpg
Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In office
October 3, 1970 – July 13, 1977
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Richard A. Frank
Administrator of the Environmental Science Services Administration
In office
July 13, 1965 – October 3, 1970
Preceded by none
Succeeded by none
Director of the United States Weather Bureau
In office
October 1963 – July 13, 1965
Preceded by Francis Reichelderfer
Succeeded by George Cressman
Personal details
Born (1923-02-13)February 13, 1923
Boston, Massachusetts
Died October 14, 2015(2015-10-14) (aged 92)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Alma mater Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Meteorologist

Robert Mayer "Bob" White (February 13, 1923 – October 14, 2015) was an American meteorologist. He headed several national organizations, including the United States Weather Bureau, the Environmental Science Services Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Academy of Engineering. He graduated from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a member of the French Legion of Honor.

Biography[edit]

White was born in Boston[1] and was an alumnus of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding degrees in geology and meteorology.

He was the director of the United States Weather Bureau from 1963 to 1965, the first and only administrator of the Environmental Science Services Administration from 1965 to 1970, the first administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1970 to 1977,[2] president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research from 1980 to 1983, and president of the National Academy of Engineering from 1983 to 1995.[3][4][5] He also was the first chairman of the World Climate Conference in 1979.[2][6]

He is a member of the French Legion of Honor, and received the International Meteorological Organization Prize in 1980 [7] and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1992.[8] In 2014, he was honored by Congressman Frank R. Wolf for "groundbreaking contributions to the federal coordination of meteorology in the United States".

He lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland. On October 14, 2015, he died of complications of dementia.[9] His brother, Theodore H. White, was a historian.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States. National Archives and Records Administration; United States. Office of the Federal Register (1973). Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration. ISSN 0511-4187. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  2. ^ a b "Robert M. White, First NOAA Administrator, Receives 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from National Marine Sanctuary Foundation" (PDF). 27 June 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  3. ^ Robert M. White (2 January 2007). "The Making of NOAA, 1963-2005" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  4. ^ "NOAA Photo Library". photolib.noaa.gov. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  5. ^ "http://digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu/awweb/awarchive?type=file&item=397275". digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu. Retrieved 2014-10-18. External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Congressional Record - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  7. ^ "Winners of the IMO Prize". World Meteorological Organization. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement". usc.edu. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  9. ^ Washington Post, Robert M. White, top weatherman under 5 US Presidents dies at 92
  10. ^ "Former NAE President Robert M. White passes away". National Academy of Engineering. October 15, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015.