The man who founded the Mauna Loa Observatory here on the Big Island has turned 100-years-old.
Many Texans have played prominent roles in science. Among them is Dr. Robert Simpson, a Corpus Christi native and graduate of Georgetown’s Southwestern University.
Simpson founded Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory, the world’s best known atmospheric monitoring station. He also served as first director of the National Hurricane Center.
Simpson recently celebrated his 100th birthday with a party at the home of his daughter Peggy Simpson and a formal reception at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. My wife Minnie and I attended both events, where we met family members and some of the scientists with whom Simpson worked over the years…