The NOAA History site
is the result of the work of many individuals throughout NOAA
who have been inspired by the work of the ancestor agencies of NOAA.
These agencies loomed large in the formation of the American science
community as it exists today and not incidentally were and continue
to be responsible for the saving of thousands of lives through warnings,
forecasts, charts, and other products that help American citizens every
NOAA and its ancestor
organizations have also had an enormous economic impact on our Nation.
Mariners and aircraft pilots have moved trillions of tons of cargo
and millions of passengers through our sea ports and airports by navigating
with NOAA charts; thousands of daily operational decisions by managers
and supervisors have been and are presently made on the basis of weather
forecasts; and the assessment, monitoring, and conservation of our
American fisheries is the result of NOAA science.
and individuals within NOAA made contributions to the NOAA History
- Design, development
and site management of the NOAA History Site by the NOAA
Office of the CIO/High Performance Computing and Communications
web team consisting of Janet Ward, Larry Kelly and Sarmah Sarnor.
- NOAA History
Site content selection and organization by Captain Albert E.
Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.), presently with the NOAA Central Library
as a Technical Information Specialist.
- Weather Bureau
History : Dr. Gary Grice, Deputy Director of the Storm Prediction
Center at Norman, Oklahoma; Mr. Alan Rezek of the Charleston, West
Virginia, Weather Service Forecast Office; Mr. Dan Smith, Chief
of the Southern Region Scientific Services Division; Captain Albert
E. Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.), NOAA Central Library; and many others.
- Coast and
Geodetic Survey History: Captain Albert E. Theberge, NOAA Corps
(ret.), NOAA Central Library; Ms. Carol Baldwin, Office of NOAA
Corps Operations; Ms. Sheila Schrier, formerly of Office of NOAA
Corps Operations, now with the National Marine Fisheries Service;
Commander Roger Morris, NOAA Corps (ret.); Ms. Grace Sollers, retired
from the National Geodetic Survey; and the donations of pictures,
anecdotes, diaries, etc. from many, many individuals and families.
Marine Fisheries Service History: Ms. Brenda Figuerido of the
Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Edgar Kleindinst of the Northeast
Fisheries Science Center; and Ms. Anneka Bane of NMFS Headquarters.
Besides the above-mentioned
individuals, there have been many, many others who have given of their
time and resources. Patrons and friends of this project have included
Rear Admiral William Stubblefield of the Office of NOAA Corps Operations;
Ms. Janice Beattie, Acting Director of the NOAA Central Library; Captains
David MacFarland and Andrew Armstrong of the Office of Coast Survey;
Assistant Administrator Rolland Schmitten of the National Marine Fisheries
Service; Mr. Larry Mordock of NOAA's Pacific Marine Center at Seattle,
Washington; Dr. William Hooke of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric
Research; Mr. Robert Hansen and Ms. Joyce Gross of the NOAA Office
of Public and Constituent Affairs; Rear Admiral Harley D. Nygren,
NOAA Corps (ret.); Dr. Harris B. Stewart, formerly chief oceanographer
of the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the founder of the NOAA Atlantic
Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories; Dr. Marc Rothenberg
of the Smithsonian Institution and editor of the Joseph Henry Papers;
and Dr. Nathan Houser of the University of Indiana at Indianapolis
and editor of the Peirce Edition Project. The late Dr. Ned Ostenso,
formerly Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
was a friend, advocate, and supporter of those who labor to capture
NOAA's History. There have also been many others who have helped,
encouraged, and supported this project and apology is offered to those
who have not been mentioned herein.
Support for the
NOAA History Site
History site will continue to grow as additional information is gathered
and assimilated onto the site. If you would like to share : copies of
biographical and autobiographical information concerning individuals
who spent their careers in NOAA or its ancestor agencies; pertinent
writings concerning personal experiences or accounts of project histories
from NOAA or its ancestor organizations; poetry and art from NOAA or
NOAA ancestor agency employees; photographs, movies, slides, or other
media concerning NOAA or its ancestor agencies; or any other sort of
information that you feel may be of historical value to NOAA, please
Albert E. "Skip" Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)
Phone: 301-713-2600 X-124
Address: NOAA Central Library
1315 East West Highway
SSMC#3, 2nd Floor
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910