Walt Roberts comes to Colorado

In 1940, Harvard graduate student Walter Orr Roberts drove cross-country from Boston to the Colorado Rockies, carrying in the back of his car a coronagraph, a specialized telescope for studying the Sun’s outer atmosphere. The young astronomer installed the coronagraph—the first to operate in the Western Hemisphere—in Climax, a remote mining site near Leadville. Roberts would go on to become UCAR’s founding president and NCAR’s first director.