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Robert M. White (meteorologist)

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Robert M. White
1st Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In office
October 3, 1970 – July 13, 1977
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Succeeded byRichard A. Frank
Administrator of the Environmental Science Services Administration
In office
July 13, 1965 – October 3, 1970
Preceded bynone
Succeeded bynone
Director of the United States Weather Bureau
In office
October 1963 – July 13, 1965
Preceded byFrancis Reichelderfer
Succeeded byGeorge Cressman
Personal details
Born(1923-02-13)February 13, 1923
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 14, 2015(2015-10-14) (aged 92)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Alma materHarvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert Mayer White (February 13, 1923 – October 14, 2015) was an American meteorologist. He headed several national organizations, including the United States Weather Bureau, the Environmental Science Services Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Academy of Engineering. He graduated from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a member of the French Legion of Honor.

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White was born in Boston[1] and was an alumnus of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding degrees in geology and meteorology.

He was the director of the United States Weather Bureau from 1963 to 1965, the first and only administrator of the Environmental Science Services Administration from 1965 to 1970, the first administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1970 to 1977,[2] president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research from 1980 to 1983, and president of the National Academy of Engineering from 1983 to 1995.[3][4][5] He also was the first chairman of the World Climate Conference in 1979.[2][6]

He was a member of the French Legion of Honor, and received the International Meteorological Organization Prize in 1980 [7] and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 1992.[8] In 1995 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[9] In 2014 he was honored by Congressman Frank R. Wolf for "groundbreaking contributions to the federal coordination of meteorology in the United States".

He lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland. On October 14, 2015, he died of complications of dementia.[10] His brother, Theodore H. White, was a historian.[11]


  1. ^ United States. National Archives and Records Administration; United States. Office of the Federal Register (1973). Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration. ISSN 0511-4187. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Robert M. White, First NOAA Administrator, Receives 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from National Marine Sanctuary Foundation" (PDF). 27 June 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ Robert M. White (2 January 2007). "The Making of NOAA, 1963-2005" (PDF). Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ "NOAA Photo Library". Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Statement". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Congressional Record - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 18 October 2014.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Winners of the IMO Prize". World Meteorological Organization. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement". Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  9. ^ "List of Fellows 2001/2002". RAEng: 13.
  10. ^ Washington Post, Robert M. White, top weatherman under 5 US Presidents dies at 92
  11. ^ "Former NAE President Robert M. White passes away". National Academy of Engineering. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
Government offices
New office 1st Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1970 – 1977
Succeeded by
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