WASHINGTON (Nov. 24)
A 44-year-old Palestinian-born Jewish scientist, Dr. Morris Tepper, was disclosed today to have been the man primarily responsible for the development and launching of the Tiros II meteorological satellite, latest American development in space research.
Dr. Tepper, chief of the meteorological satellite program of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, became fascinated by weather forecasting when he was an Air Force officer in World War II in the Pacific. At the end of the war, he joined the staff of the U.S. Weather Bureau and in 1951 was made chief of the bureau’s research unit on severe local storms.
Earning a Ph.D. in meteorology from John Hopkins University in spare time study. Dr. Tepper was a co-winner in 1950 of the Meissinger award of the American Meteorological Society for research on hydraulic dynamics in meteorological problems. A few years ago. Dr. Tepper joined NASA and was soon placed in charge of the weather satellite program.
He came to the United States with his family in 1922 and became a citizen in 1926 when his parents were naturalized. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts degree at Brooklyn College. For four years before joining the Air Force in 1943, he was chief of the physical science unit of the U.S. Civil Service Commission.