Sessions on the history of thunderstorm and lightning research were held December 11, 1985, at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. At that time, since it was well known that lightning researchers were intimately involved in the development of radar and since the 50th anniversary of radar in the United States was at hand, it was suggested that a session on the history of meteorological radar would be appropriate and interesting. The following contribution was presented in the History of Meteorological Radar session May 22, 1986, at the AGU Spring Meeting in Baltimore, Md.