Morton Roberts had a long association with the NRAO, starting in 1964 when he joined the Green Bank staff in West Virginia. He moved to Charlottesville, Virginia when offices opened there in 1966. In 1969, Roberts was appointed Assistant Director of Green Bank, and moved his family back to West Virginia. In 1970, he stepped down, and was a Senior Scientist studying the structures of galaxies using the 300-foot and 140-foot (43-meter) telescopes. In 1978 Roberts became the Director of NRAO, a position he held until September of 1984.