Reichelderfer, Francis W. (Francis Wilton), 1895-1983

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U.S. Navy officer and meteorologist.

From the description of Papers of Francis W. Reichelderfer, 1918-1983 (bulk 1939-1967). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80974415

From the description of Papers, 1918-1983 (bulk 1939-1967). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 28416022

Biographical Note

  • 1895, Aug. 6: Born, Harlan, Ind.
  • 1917: A.B. in science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • 1918: Ensign, United States Navy; stationed at the naval air station in North Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • 1919: Served in Lisbon, Portugal, as naval meteorologist; provided weather information and forecasts for naval aircraft making the first transatlantic flights
  • 1920: Promoted to lieutenant Married Beatrice Hoyle
  • 1922 - 1928 : Officer in charge, Naval Aerological Service, Washington, D.C.
  • 1928 - 1931 : Served on airship Los Angeles, Lakehurst, N.J.
  • 1931: Postgraduate study at the Bergen Geophysical Institute, Norway
  • 1936: Executive officer, naval air station at Lakehurst, N.J.; served as observer on German airship Hindenburg
  • 1938: Promoted to commander Appointed chief, United States Weather Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • 1939: Retired from United States Navy
  • 1940 - 1941 : President, American Meteorological Association
  • 1942 - 1945 : Assisted in the organization of the Joint Meteorological Committee of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for wartime operations
  • 1944 - 1947 : President, American Geophysical Union
  • 1951 - 1955 : President, World Meteorological Organization
  • 1963: Retired from United States Weather Bureau
  • 1983, Jan. 25: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Francis W. Reichelderfer Papers, 1918-1983, (bulk 1939-1967), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Thailand
Thailand
United States
United States
Europe
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Meteorological satellites
Weather control
Weather
Meteorological services
Military meteorology
Typhoons
Meteorology Research
Typhoons--Thailand
Meteorology--Societies, etc
Weather forecasting
Meteorology--Research--United States
Rain-making
Occupation
Meteorologists
Meteorologists--United States
Naval officers
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Birth 1895

Death 1983

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