Ralph Oberly grew up in farm country in the western part of Ohio. He attended Ohio State University to receive his B.S. in Physics (1963) and his Ph.D. in Physics (1970). In between the degree work he worked for North American Aviation in Columbus, Ohio doing electronic-counter-measure work on US Navy contract work. His doctoral festudies were on high-resolution infrared absorption spectra of carbon dioxide that was highly enriched (95%) in oxygen-18. In 1970 he became an Assistant Professor of Physics at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he is now a Professor of Physics. Along the way he spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Professor at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) in Cambridge, England. He has worked to establish a student exchange program between Marshall University and Anglia Ruskin University which has been functioning since 1992. He has also spent two summers as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama doing holography studies. He has also spent five summers as an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio doing spectroscopic studies. His research work now includes supervising students doing spectroscopy, holography, remote sensing and image processing studies. He is married and has four children, all of whom have visited NYSC at various times.