AOSS Oral Histories

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AOSS Oral Histories


The Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Oral Histories document the history of meteorology and the Space Science and Engineering Center -- under the leadership of Verner E. Suomi -- as the birthplace of satellite meteorology.

Buried in the memories of scientists, engineers, and faculty are the reminiscences of events and personal interactions that form the supporting structure of the established literature. Oral histories uncover and preserve these reminiscences. The open questioning and human interaction characteristic of oral histories makes them vital supplements to historical writing.


Atmospheric science
Space sciences
Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), University of Wisconsin-Madison


Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Collection Items

Oral history interview with Verner Suomi
Interview covers topics of family and childhood in Minnesota; influence of brother and teachers; Civilian Conservation Corps; Civilian Pilot Training Program; college; aviation cadet program at University of Chicago; Rossby as teacher; interest in…

Oral history interview with Donald R. Johnson
Oral history interview with Dr. Donald R. Johnson conducted on August 21-23, 2013. Interviewed by Troy Reeves with Louis Uccellini.

Remembering Verner Edward Suomi: the father of satellite meteorology, an oral history
Video and audio recordings of an oral history panel hosted in honor of the memory of Dr. Verner Suomi at the 50 Years of Meteorological Satellite Experiments reception in Madison, Wisconsin in 2009.

Instrument development at the Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965 - 2015: an oral history
Recordings of an oral history of the Space Science and Engineering Center instrument developments from 1965 to 2015. Moderated by Fred Best.
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