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Andrew F. Bunker papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-26

Scope and Content Note

The Andrew F. Bunker papers contain notes, correspondence, and notebooks relating to his meteorological work at WHOI.


  • 1953-1979

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Biographical Information

Andrew F. Bunker was a meteorologist in the department of Physical Oceanography at WHOI. He began employment at the Institution on June 10, 1946, as a Research Associate working with Dr. Wyman and Dr. B. Haurwitz on Project B-25. Bunker had a B.A. in astronomy from Ohio Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in astrophysics from the University of Toronto.

In 1941, Bunker was employed by the University of Chicago at the McDonald Observatory and worked the night shift at the Dunlap Observatory with the responsibility of manning the 74-inch reflecting telescope. His early meteorology training was gained while in the U.S. Army as a Captain, forecasting weather on flights for bombing missions. In October 1950, the Executive Committee appointed Bunker a Marine Meteorologist. Much of the work of the Meteorology Group at Woods Hole centered around the programs of Bunker and Joanne Malkus Simpson. Several large expeditions both sea going and air borne were organized, planned and carried out by this group, including an extensive program in the Pacific. He was appointed to the Scientific Staff as an Associate Scientist on September 1, 1963. Over the years, his research studies covered atmospheric turbulence and diffusion of heat, water vapor and momentum over the oceans, modification of air masses, and cloud distribution. He authored or co-authored some 26 publications in astrophysics and meteorology.

Andrew Bunker died August 28, 1979 in Boston.

[Biographical information taken from WHOI obituary.]


8 boxes (4 lin. ft.)


The papers of Andrew F. Bunker span the years 1953-1979, and contain papers, notes, correspondence, and notebooks relating to his meteorological work at WHOI.


Arranged in two series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

Donated to the WHOI Archives in February 1984.

Related Material

See Bunker's biographical file, and DC-19 for other data received from Bunker. See MC-37, Joanne Malkus Simpson papers for more on the work of the Meteorology Group.

Processing Information

First-level processing completed by Beverly Woods in 2006.

A Guide to the the Andrew F. Bunker papers, 1953-1979
David Sherman
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository