Benton, E. R.
Edward R. Benton, known to all as "Ned", is remembered for both his geophysical research and administration. He began his career as an applied mathematician, receiving the PhD degree in that discipline from Harvard University in 1961 under the supervision of Professor Arthur E. Bryson, Jr. Ned's early research focused on aerodynamics, beginning with a dissertation on "Aerodynamic origin of the magnus effect on a finned missile".
Following a year as lecturer in mathematics at the University of Manchester, Ned moved to Boulder, Colorado, taking a position as a staff scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the fall of 1963. In 1964 he became a lecturer in the Department of Astro‐Geophysics (now the Department of Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences) at the University of Colorado (UC), thus beginning an employment oscillation between NCAR and UC that lasted through 1977. Milestones along the way included academic appointments at UC