“Weathering the Weather”


"During the spring and summer months of 1998, UCSD’s Mandeville Special
Collections Library was pleased to exhibit a glorious selection of early and
important works on meteorology from the collection of Kenneth E. Hill
(1915-2001). Already well known for his collection on early voyages to the
Pacific Ocean, now part of UCSD’s holdings, and for his ornithology collection,
now located at Cornell University, Kenneth Hill also developed a collection on
the origins of atmospheric science with the same intelligence and diligence that
he brought to his earlier collecting interests.

Kenneth Hill’s interest in this subject was stimulated through his service in
the U.S. Navy during World War II. With a collegiate background in science and
mathematics, he was assigned to the "Yorktown" as a navigator. After a year, he
was sent for additional training in meteorology, some of which took place with
Walter Munk and H.U. Sverdrup in La Jolla at the Scripps Institution of

For more than fifty years, Kenneth Hill devoted time, talent, and resources
to building significant collections of books on subjects that had great personal
meaning to him–California history, Pacific voyages, ornithology, Chinese
porcelains, and meteorology. He generously donated some of these collections to
research libraries and has made other materials available for exhibition.
"Weathering the Weather" was the first exhibition of the meteorology volumes.
UCSD is honored to mount "Weathering the Weather" electronically and to include
selected images from each of the volumes. We greatly appreciated Kenneth Hill’s
continuing interest in and commitment to the UCSD Libraries, and his generous
willingness to share his collections."

L.C. Claassen
"Weathering the Weather"