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Decker, Fred W. (Fred William), 1917-
Oral history interview with Fred W. Decker, 2000 May 18, 25, June 1 and 8.
Discusses his family history and education; his early work with the Weather Bureau Office in Oakland, Calif.; military service; meteorology training for the armed forces (WW II); studies at New York University meteorology program and his experiences with Athelstan Spilhaus; his move to Oregon State Physics Dept. and the meteorology program; awarded his Ph.D. in Physics; Army contract to analyze role of weather on operations in WWII; research using weather radar installed on Mary's Peak outside of Corvallis; establishment of Atmospheric Sciences Dept. in late 1960s; his appointment within the Reagan Administration as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education; reflections on political process and contacts in Oregon and Washington, D.C.; retirement to Corvallis, Oreg. in 1985 to work as consulting forensic meteorologist; thoughts on climate change; political exploitation of alarmist claims.
Physicist, forensic meteorology. Professor of physics and atmospheric science, Oregon State University.
Decker, Fred W. (Fred William), 1917-
Spilhaus, Athelstan.
Oregon State University. College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.
Military meteorology
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Doel, Ronald Edmund interviewer.
Harper, Kristine, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA