John Firor becomes NCAR's second director

John Firor directed NCAR from 1968 to 1974. He was one of the first scientists hired by NCAR, arriving in 1961 to head the High Altitude Observatory. A physicist by training, Firor wrote many papers on cosmic rays, radio sources in the universe, the Sun's atmosphere, and solar flares. He also participated in expeditions to observe solar eclipses in New Guinea, Brazil, and Kenya. Later in his career, Firor took a keen interest in the intersection of science and society, becoming one of the earliest spokespeople on the dangers of human-caused climate change.