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University of Chicago, Department of Meteorology numerical weather prediction survey records.

Identifier: CBI 36

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records relating to the survey on numerical weather prediction carried out by George Platzman at the University of Chicago's Department of Meteorology. Included is a sample cover letter, instruction sheet, and questionnaire, an address list, responses to the survey, and a summary report of the survey's results.

While most of the responses were written in English, some were in German, French, and Spanish. There are over sixty responses arranged by country of origin. The responses from organizations using computers include information about each computer system and its use in numerical forecasting.


  • 1955-1956


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Access to the collection is unrestricted.


The Charles Babbage Institute holds the copyright to all materials in the collection, except for items covered by a prior copyright (such as published materials). Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Historical Note

In 1955 George W. Platzman of the University of Chicago's Department of Meteorology conducted a worldwide survey to assess the status of work in the field of numerical weather forecasting theory. The survey collected data relating to the use of computers in numerical forecasting, research in graphical methods of forecasting, and plans of universities and government agencies for engaging in numerical prediction research. A final report was distributed on June 12, 1956.


1 box (0.1 cubic feet)


Collection contains survey questionnaire, replies, a list of institutions surveyed, and a final report of the survey conducted by the University of Chicago's Department of Meteorology of the worldwide status of work in the field of numerical weather prediction.


The records were given to the Charles Babbage Institute by George W. Platzman in 1988.

University of Chicago, Department of Meteorology Numerical Weather Prediction Survey Records, 1955-1956. Finding Aid.
Prepared by Kevin D. Corbitt, March 1991.
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