Oral history interview with Mary L. Wolff and Edwin L. Wolff / 2009. (VHS tape, 2009) [WorldCat.org]
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Oral history interview with Mary L. Wolff and Edwin L. Wolff / 2009.

Author: Mary L Wolff; Edwin L Wolff; Shirley S Steele; Liz McCutcheon
Publisher: 2009.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : Clipart/images/graphics   Visual material   Archival Material   Computer File : English
Publication:Maria Rogers oral history collection.
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Mary and Ed Wolff were involved with Walter Orr Roberts and I.M. Pei in bringing the Mesa Lab of NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to life. They discuss the history of this project from the time it was just a vision for a unique laboratory enabling collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, to working with its architect, I.M. Pei, to its completion. They describe the problems and challenges  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Internet resources
Oral histories
Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Mary L Wolff; Tician Papachristou; I M Pei; Walter Orr Roberts
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Archival Material, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Mary L Wolff; Edwin L Wolff; Shirley S Steele; Liz McCutcheon
OCLC Number: 475161037
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: HAO (High Altitude Observatory). NCAR: National Center for Atmospheric Research (origins, purpose, research done at). UCAR: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. NCAR laboratory building, aka Mesa Lab (siting, design considerations, working with I.M. Pei as architect, problems with building as constructed, successes of the building). The Blue Line.
Responsibility: interviewed by Shirley S. Steele and filmed by Liz McCutcheon,

Abstract:

Mary and Ed Wolff were involved with Walter Orr Roberts and I.M. Pei in bringing the Mesa Lab of NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) to life. They discuss the history of this project from the time it was just a vision for a unique laboratory enabling collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, to working with its architect, I.M. Pei, to its completion. They describe the problems and challenges in the areas of design and construction as well as how political problems of dealing with choice of a site, a director, and the interactions with the city, state and federal governments were overcome. They talk about some of the ways the building did not live up to expectations and the many ways it demonstrated symbolic and practical scientific value, particularly in respect to new ways of doing science.

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