Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture
From a View of Grand Canyon to a Vision of Science in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. John W. Firor John Firor is an internationally recognized expert on public policy issues related to atmospheric sciences, including climate change and sustainable development. In 1961 he became the director of the High Altitude Observatory, in the newly formed National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), later becoming NCAR's director and leader of NCAR's Advanced Study Program. He studied solar eclipses with teams in New Guinea, Kenya, and Brazil, and he piloted a sailplane taking measurements inside thunderstorms in Montana. He is now a Senior Research Associate of NCAR.

Dr. Firor has taught at Caltech, the University of Wyoming, the University of Minnesota, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and as Senior Wirth Fellow, at the University of Colorado at Denver. He was a national lecturer for Sigma Xi and a Barnaby Lecturer for the National Soaring Museum.

Honors bestowed on Dr. Firor include Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His book, The Changing Atmosphere: A Global Challenge, has been translated into ten languages and received the AMS's Louis J. Batten Author's Award. He has chaired advisory committees for NASA, the National Academy of Science, and the American Astronomical Society, and he has served on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Resources Institute, and the International Federation of Institutes of Advance Study. He was president of the Colorado Music Festival and the Boulder County YMCA and he helped to create the Boulder County Healthy Communities Initiative.


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