Edwin Kessler III

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edwin Kessler III, was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York back in 1928 to Edwin and Marie.  He was living with his mother in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1945.  He returned to New York attending Columbia College.  He returned after serving 18 months in the Army graduating in 1950.

After graduation he transferred to the Air Force where he earned his M.S. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT in 1952 and 1957, respectively.  He remained in the Air Force Reserve reaching the rank of captain.  He worked at the Cambridge Research Laboratories, and at the Atmospheric Physics Division at the Travelers Research Center.  In 1964, he moved to Oklahoma where he was an affiliate professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman until his retirement in 1987.  He died in 2017 in Cedar Park, Texas, he was 88.

What you may not know about Edwin is that he oversaw the development of the Doppler weather radar and was the first director of National Sever Storms Laboratory. 

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Comments (17)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... that Doppler weather radar is an important invention... wonder why they didn't call it the Kessler weather radar.

Jan 28, 2021 03:20 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Jan 28, 2021 03:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - Norman is also where people gather to chase tornados.

Jan 28, 2021 03:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jan 28, 2021 04:59 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Even with all the improvements, the weatherman still makes mistakes, but have a better record than most politicians.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 28, 2021 05:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I didn't know Mr Kessler's name or story but his invention is well-known among many.   

Jan 28, 2021 05:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's hard to believe that even with Kessler's invention the weather guessers today still bat about 50/50 James Dray 

Jan 28, 2021 05:59 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never heard of this man before, but it sounds that he made some great contributions to the world.

Jan 28, 2021 06:17 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray I think just this week alone, I used his invention at least 10 times.

Jan 28, 2021 06:27 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Interesting history, I thought as it unwound he was going to be a space person, but discovering and inventing the doppler radar for weather is a great use and discovery.

Jan 28, 2021 08:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have heard of the Doppler Radar, given that I do look at the weather report and it is often quoted.  Happy Thursday.  A

Jan 28, 2021 08:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I love looking at radar systems!  What an amazing development. 

Jan 28, 2021 09:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

The Doppler system is certainly a valuable part of the weather forecasting and reporting. Great invention.

Jan 28, 2021 10:57 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James Dray Doppler weather radar is very important for the weather forecasting. Edwin Kessler III was brilliant man.

Jan 28, 2021 03:14 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What an important radar he developed! 

Jan 30, 2021 09:22 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How interesting that he was involved with the Doppler Weather Radar and he spent time in my back yard in Boston, MA, Endre

Jan 30, 2021 10:48 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Edwin Kessler III is another individual, who, through his genius, has made our lives better.

Aug 22, 2021 11:42 AM