Philip Thompson becomes first associate director

In October 1960, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Thompson, still on U.S. Air Force assignment at the International Meteorological Office in Sweden, began work as NCAR's associate director. Thompson brought with him expertise in a broad range of atmospheric science as well as management experience at several major research centers in the United States and abroad. As the first director of NCARís Laboratory of Atmospheric Science, he was able to attract many outstanding researchers to join or visit NCAR. He also was the first director of the Advanced Study Program, which has served to increase interactions between NCAR and the university community to this day.