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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology

Chapter 3: The Timcke Years, 1950 to 1955

Chapter 4: A Year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chapter 5: The Dwyer Years, 1955 to 1962
Leonard Joseph Dwyer—A Complex Character
Reorganising the Bureau
Public Weather Services
Forecasts for the General Public
Importance of Radio Stations
The Advent of Television
Automatic Telephone Forecast Service
Wording and Verification of Forecasts
Services for Aviation
Atomic Weapons Tests
Atomic Weapons Tests—Mosaic G1 and G2
Atomic Weapons Tests—Buffalo 1, 2, 3 and 4
Atomic Weapons Tests—Operations Antler, 2 and 3
Atomic Weapons Tests—Minor Trials
Instruments and Observations
Radar/Radio Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Automatic Weather Stations
Meteorological Satellites
Tropical Cyclones
Bureau Conference on Tropical Cyclones
International Symposium on Tropical Cyclones, Brisbane
Design of Water Storages, Etc
Flood Forecasting
Cloud Seeding
Reduction of Evaporation
Rain Seminar
Cloud Physics
Fire Weather
Research and Special Investigations
International Activities
The International Geophysical Year
The Antarctic and Southern Ocean
International Symposium on Antarctic Meteorology
International Antarctic Analysis Centre
ADP, EDP and Computers
Management Conference
Services Conference
CSIRO and the Universities
Achievements of the Dwyer Years

Chapter 6: A Springboard for the Future

Appendix 1: References

Appendix 2: Reports, Papers, Manuscripts

Appendix 3: Milestones

Appendix 4: Acknowledgements

Appendix 5: Summary by H. N. Warren of the Operation of the Meteorological Section of Allied Air Headquarters, Brisbane, 1942–45



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Management Conference (continued)

Papers delivered by guest speakers and Bureau staff were stimulating and informative. That delivered by Francis Fox is still vivid in my memory. He spoke on the management of a research establishment, emphasising the difficulty in defining the scope of research in an establishment having the task of solving problems in the supply of armaments for defence purposes. He spoke of the difficulty of deciding whether a research scientist leaning back on his office chair with his feet on the office table was in deep thought seeking the solution of a difficult problem or was thinking of some part of his private life.

The only copy of papers presented to the conference which I hold is my own which appeared as Appendix 4 of the report of the conference with the title 'Research in a national meteorological service' and which occupied pages 159 to 170. Some of the ideas presented in that paper appear under the heading 'Research' earlier in this chapter.

Another memory of the management conference is of Len Dwyer using a blackboard in opening the conference to write in very large letters THEY = WE to make the point that in management it is wise to avoid criticising the motes in the eyes of others before examining the beams in our own. I remember that the conference contained productive discussion periods, especially after presentations by guest speakers.

Items 312 and 316 appearing in issues Nos 45 and 46 of Weather News (April and May 1960) refer to the intention to publish the proceedings for discussion by staff of Divisional Offices and OICs of field offices.

People in Bright Sparcs - Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Lillywhite, John Wilson

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Gibbs, W. J. 1999 'A Very Special Family: Memories of the Bureau of Meteorology 1946 to 1962', Metarch Papers, No. 13 May 1999, Bureau of Meteorology

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