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Patrick Squires Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0450
Subject files and research materials of a cloud physics researcher and Director of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Nevada's Desert Research Institute.

The subject file series is comprised of correspondence, memoranda, publications, research papers, and miscellaneous material. The bulk of these files are related to various aspects of Dr. Squires' cloud research, but also include materials concerning participation in national, international and regional research projects, Desert Research Institute administrative duties, and other professional activities. The series includes his work at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, 1950s- 196 1, and in the United States at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), 1962- 1966, and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), 1966- 1976, and is divided into those sub-series and arranged alphabetically thereunder. Many of the folder headings in this series were incomplete or inconsistent and most have been retained as originally labeled. Material within folders has largely been maintained as originally created and arranged.

The research series also covers Dr. Squires' work at the organizations mentioned above. The records consist of correspondence, notes, data print-outs, publications, reprints, drafts of papers, drawings and sketches, photographs, and other research materials. Arranged by subject, the majority of the records are related to cloud sampling activities, which consisted of compiling measurements of droplet sizes and distribution in various locations. Material related to other aspects of Dr. Squires' cloud and precipitation research complete the series. The research materials have largely been maintained as originally created and arranged.

Dates

  • 1952-1976

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

15 Cubic Feet

Abstrract

Subject files and research materials of a cloud physics researcher and Director of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics at the University of Nevada's Desert Research Institute. The records include correspondence, publications, reports, notes, drawings and sketches, data sets, and miscellaneous records related to cloud sampling and other atmospheric research, collaborative projects, administration, and other professional activities.

Biographical Note

A native of Australia, Patrick Squires was a charter member of the University of Nevada's Desert Research Institute and a pioneer in the study of cloud-seeding. Born in 1914, Squires received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Melbourne in 1934 and a doctorate in 1959. He joined the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in 1937, and later served as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War 11, working as a weather analyst. Following the war he joined the Radiophysics Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), working primarily in the area of cloud seeding. Coming to the United States in 1962, he worked as a program scientist with the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, where he also served as an adjunct professor at Colorado State University. In 1966 he was recruited by the Desert Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Nevada to direct its Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics (LAP). During his tenure the Laboratory conducted theoretical, experimental and field research in the physics of clouds, precipitation and aerosols. Other work focused on field programs in weather modification and air pollution. He returned to NCAR in 1977 as director of its Convective Storms Division. Dr. Squires retired to Reno in 1984 and died in 1990 at the age of 76.

Arrangement

Arranged into two series: I. Subject files II. Research records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Desert Research Institute; 1998, 2002-011. 16 ,cu. ft.
Title
A Guide to the Patrick Squires Papers
Status
completed
Author
Jim Bantin
Date
Approximately 2005
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
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