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Notes Prepared by John Hogan


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H. A. Hunt (1866–1946) — First Commonwealth Meteorologist

Inigo Jones (1872–1954)

Griffith Taylor, D.SC, B.E., B.A. (1880–1963)

Edward Kidson, O.B.E., D.Sc., F. Inst. P. (1882–1939)

My Recollections of Captain Edward Kidson (R.E) O.B.E, D.Sc., F. Inst. P. (1882–1939)

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Griffith Taylor, D.SC, B.E., B.A. (1880–1963) (continued)

Taylor was seconded for other duties during these six years: for example, he was attached to the RAAF, Point Cooke Flying School, for the purpose of instructing Cadets in meteorology through a series of lectures.

In 1915 Taylor submitted a thesis on Antarctic Glaciology for the degree of D.Sc. Subsequently, this degree was awarded to him by the University of Melbourne.

In 1916 he was elected to the Faculty of Science at Melbourne University, an honorary position, in which he was called on only occasionally to express his views in a report on a specified subject. Two years later he was appointed an external Lecturer in Geography, in the Department of Geology. In this capacity he organised and delivered a series of evening lectures spread over the academic year beginning in 1918. The subject matter was mainly meteorology (weather and climate), and based largely on his published works viz. 'The Australian Environment', 'The Control of Settlement by Humidity and Temperature', and 'The Climatic Control of Australian Prediction'. This course was attended by a fair number of secondary school teachers and by a few juniors from the Central Office of the Bureau. For the latter it was an excellent opportunity to study meteorology in an organised manner, the only other method available was one of self-instruction. These lectures practically formed the first teaching course in meteorology to be held in Australia.

In his lectures to students and discussions of the weather chart, Taylor repeatedly put forward the view that the development and movement of the weather systems as shown on the MSL isobaric chart were controlled by conditions of the atmosphere aloft.

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Hogan, J. 1986 'Notes Prepared by John Hogan (1896-1970)', Metarch Papers, No. 2 March 1986, Bureau of Meteorology

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