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Norman, Oklahoma, the home of The University of Oklahoma, is the county seat and largest city in Cleveland County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Norman, a fast growing suburb, is situated 20 minutes south of downtown Oklahoma City and is the third largest city in the state. As of July, 2005, the city had 101,719 full-time residents. It is the business and employment center of Cleveland County.
Norman is best known as the location of the University of Oklahoma, making it a center of culture, technology, and scientific research.
Norman is one of the world's most prominent centers of meteorology. The city is home to many National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration organizations, and the university's meteorology department is one of the most highly regarded in the world.
The NOAA and University meteorological agencies and departments, along with the corporate offices of Weathernews are housed within the newly-opened National Weather Center, located in the south part of the City along State Highway 9. Norman is the birthplace of Doppler radar.
Norman is also home to the university-operated Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, (one of the largest of its kind) and the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, which made news in 2001 when it was given the Weitzenhoffer Collection, the single most important collection of impressionist art ever given to an American university, including works by Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro, among others.
Notable residents and natives of Norman include James Garner, Jim Ross, Milena Govich, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Chainsaw Kittens, The Flaming Lips, Conway Twitty, Barry Switzer, Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci, Bob Stoops, Roy Williams, Tommie Harris, Dean Blevins, Steve Owens, and Jason White.
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