November 15, 1890–March 17, 1983
BY ROGER REVELLE
ALFRED CLARENCE REDFIELD was a member of a scientific family. His great grandfather, William C. Redfield, was the first president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1848. Like most scientists in those days, he was an amateur. He made his living as a railroad and canal manager, but he contributed many ideas and observations to the then-infant science of meteorology, and particularly to the understanding of hurricanes, which he showed were giant whirlwinds. Alfred's grandfather was a botanist in the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and his father, Robert Redfield, was a naturalist photographer, whose works are in the Library Company in Philadelphia and at Yale. Alfred's son, Alfred Guillon Redfield, is a physicist and biochemist who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His nephew, Donald Griffin, is world famous for his studies of bats and their use of high-frequency acoustics to navigate and to find their prey. One of his two daughters, Elizabeth Marsh, is a member of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of Stockton State College in New Jersey.
Alfred C. Redfield was born on November 15, 1890, in Philadelphia. He died March 17, 1983, at his home in Woods