As an ambulance driver in World War I, Lewis Richardson performed numerical weather experiments that originally included cataloging sky conditions.
As noted in a previous column, his calculations didn't contribute to a useful forecast but were later recognized as the beginning of modern weather predictions. He transferred his notations into a manuscript that was lost and later discovered in a coal bin and published.
After his death in 1953 his publication was delivered to the National Weather Service and displayed in their Executive Suite.
Richardson predicted that a "large hall-like theater, "filled with human computers would calculate conditions for a particular point on Earth. Those massive parallel computers execute calculations today.