The Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Sciences is selected in recognition of significant contributions to the understanding of atmospheric processes through the effective interchange of knowledge between atmospheric science disciplines or between atmospheric scientists and scientists of other disciplines. The lecture is presented at an AMS Annual Meeting or an appropriate specialty conference. The lecture may be recorded for broader dissemination and, if desired by the Lecturer, a written version of the lecture will be posted as part of BAMS Online.
Recommendation of a Lecturer is made by a committee of no fewer than five members of the Scientific and Technological Activities Commission (convened annually by the STAC Commissioner), which makes recommendations for final approval by AMS Council.
About Walter Orr Roberts
Walter Orr Roberts (1915-1990) was an astronomer and atmospheric physicist, well-known as a founder of the High Altitude Observatory and NCAR, and for his early recognition of human factors in climate change.
As the first president of UCAR and NCAR’s founding director, Roberts was a pivotal figure in making Boulder, Colorado a major center for scientific research and interdisciplinary cooperation.