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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NIU Meteorology Remembers Dr. ReVelle


Dr. Douglas O. ReVelle, who taught dynamic meteorology, atmospheric sciences and climate dynamics at NIU from 1984 to 1993, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Albuquerque, N.M.  He was 64.  ReVelle moved to New Mexico after leaving NIU and worked for 16 years with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He studied in pioneering theoretical work the interaction of meteors and planetary atmospheres.  He addressed, in particular, aerodynamics, ablation, meteor acoustics and infrasonic meteor observations.

An asteroid was named in his honor, 13358 Revelle, with the dedication “Douglas O. ReVelle, for his pioneering work in meteor physics and astronomy based on theoretical aerodynamics, in meteor acoustics and in the interpretation of infrasonic meteor observations. He will be remembered as a dedicated scientist and caring mentor for students.

On August 15, 2012, family, friends and former students of Dr. ReVelle hosted a Memorial Balloon Launch at the Russell Woods Forest Preserve, Genoa, IL. After the event, they toured the Department of Geography in memory of Dr. ReVelle. Below is the payload card that was carried by the balloon. Pictures from the event are hosted here.