March 12, 1906–May 22, 1998
BY ROSCOE R. BRAHAM, JR., AND THOMAS F. MALONE
HORACE ROBERT BYERS was a pioneer in aviation meteorology, synoptic weather analysis, severe storms, cloud physics, and weather modification—an educator, an organizer and communicator for meteorology, a scientist, author of one of the most widely used textbooks in meteorology, a university administrator, and a quietly effective scientific statesman. The hallmark of his scientific career was his ability to organize groups and activities for meteorological research and his ability to identify and provide opportunities for developing scientists with whom many of his papers were co-authored. During his long career at the University of Chicago, Professor Byers taught and helped to supervise the training of a large number of Ph.D. students, many of whom became distinguished leaders in meteorology. The pinnacle of his scientific career, and the thing for which he is most noted, came with the Thunderstorm Project, the first comprehensive investigation of the turbulence and vigorous vertical motions inside thunderstorms.
Horace R.Byers was a son of Charles H. and Harriet (Ensminger) Byers with ancestral lines back to the early