Oral history interview with Mary L. Wolff and Edwin L. Wolff, [electronic resource] / interviewed by Shirley S. Steele and filmed by Liz McCutcheon, 2009. 2009.

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Oral history interview with Mary L. Wolff and Edwin L. Wolff, [electronic resource] / interviewed by Shirley S. Steele and filmed by Liz McCutcheon, 2009. 2009.

Mary and Ed Wolff were involved with Walter Orr Roberts and I.M. Pei in bringing the Mesa Lab of NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to life. They discuss the history of this project from the time it was just a vision for a unique laboratory enabling collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, to working with its architect, I. M. Pei, to its completion. They describe the problems and challenges in the areas of design and construction as well as how political problems of dealing with choice of a site, a director, and the interactions with the city, state and federal governments were overcome. They talk about some of the ways the building did not live up to expectations and the many ways it demonstrated symbolic and practical scientific value, particularly in respect to new ways of doing science.

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Steele, Shirley

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Wolff, Mary L., 1923-,

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Papachristou, Tician

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McCutcheon, Liz,

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National Center for Atmospheric Research (U.S.)

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The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was created in 1960 to provide a facility for the collection and analysis of data from the atmosphere. The center was established by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR - 14 universities with departments of meteorology) with initial funding from the National Science Foundation. From the description of Addition to records, [ca. 1960-1996]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81407214 From the description of ...

Pei, I. M., 1917-

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Architect. From the description of Reminiscences of Ieoh Ming Pei : oral history, 1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122619681 From the description of Papers of I. M. Pei. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132705 ...

Wolff, Edwin L., 1924-,

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University corporation for atmospheric research

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Roberts, Walter Orr

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Orr was born in 1915. From the description of Response to History of Modern Astrophysics Survey, 1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77849767 Solar astronomer and geophysicist. Director of High Altitude Observatory, University of Colorado, 1946-1961; Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1960-1968. From the description of Oral history interview with Walter Orr Roberts, 1987 August 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78228351 From the descri...