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Dr John Zillman

No. 243 December 1978, Item 3040

Dr John Zillman was born in Brisbane, Qld on 28 July 1939 and was educated in Brisbane. He graduated from University of Queensland as B Sc (Hons) in 1961. He had joined the Bureau on 11 February 1957 as a cadet meteorologist and, following his training course, served as a forecaster in the NSW and Queensland Regional offices. In 1966 he transferred to Melbourne as a senior meteorologist first in the then Southern Hemisphere Analysis Centre and later in the International Antarctic Meteorological Research Centre and was promoted in 1969 to Supervising Meteorologist in Synoptic Research Branch.

In 1970, the year in which he completed a part-time B.A. with the University of Queensland, Dr Zillman took up a Commonwealth Public Service Post-Graduate Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin where he was awarded a PhD in 1972.

Zillman returned to Head Office as Superintending Meteorologist in the Physical Research Branch and in 1974 became Assistant Director Research. In recent years he acted as Senior Assistant Secretary, General Services Division of the Department of Science and also as Director of Meteorology on one occasion when Dr Gibbs was overseas.

In the international sphere Dr Zillman has been very active. He attended the 26th session of WMO Executive Committee in 1974 as Dr Gibbs' alternate, was Australia's representative on the 18 nation Intergovernmental Panel on the First Global Atmospheric Research Program Global Experiment (FGGE) and has been Australia's principal delegate to the last two sessions of the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences.

In Australia he has been active in many organisations and has been Chairman of the Australian Branch of the Royal Meteorological Society since 1977.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - International Antarctic Meteorological Research Centre; Southern Hemisphere Analysis Centre

People in Bright Sparcs - Gibbs, William James (Bill); Zillman, John William

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