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Mr. B. W. Newman
Retirement of Walter Dwyer
Gerry O'Mahony—Thirty Years On
The Retoubtable George Mackey, Retd.
Retirement of ADR [Neil McRae]
A Long and Fruitful Innings [John Lillywhite]
Pat Ryan Retires
Harry Ashton Retires
'Fly Boy' Retires [Bill Brann]
Our Actor Steve [Lloyd]
Our Man in the Region Retires [Keith Hannay]
ADM Retires [Allen Bath]
Regional Director Queensland Retires [Arch Shields]
ANMRC Head Retires [Reg Clarke]
Vic Bahr's Last Bow
Long Serving Officers Retire [Jack Maher and Kev Lomas]
Allan Brunt Retires, 38 Years in 'the Met'
Henry Phillpot Retires
A Stout With a Dash! [Reg Stout]
Around the Regions [Keith Stibbs]
Bill Smith Bows Out—47 Year Record
Smooth Traffic Ahead for Keith Henderson
Happy Retirement, and Happy Birthday too! [Ralph de la Lande]
Air Dispersion Specialist Calls it a Day [Bill Moriarty]
Bob Crowder Retires
Grass Looks Greener for Tony [Powell]
Farewell France [Lajoie]
Forty Four Years in Meteorology—John Burn Remembers
Des Gaffney bows out
After Only 41 Years . . . Shaw, Enough! [Peter Shaw]
Brian Bradshaw departs, 45 Years On . . .
Bill Ware Ends on a High Note
Peter Barclay Retires
Mal Kennedy Retires
'The Ice Man Goeth . . .' DDS Neil Streten Calls it a Day
Dan of the 14,016 Days [Dan Lee]
A Launceston Boy Gone Wrong: Peter Noar Bows Out
It's Official—Climate Change Confirmed [Bill Kininmonth]
Victorian Forecasting Legend Bids Us Farewell [Ian Russell]
Gentleman Doug Gauntlett Retires
Queensland Regional Director Calls it a Day [Rex Falls]
Assistant Director (Services) Retires and Tributes Flow In [Bruce Neal]
NSW Regional Director Retires [Pat Sullivan]


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No. 216 August 1974, Item 2652 (continued)

In addition, he spent a fortnight touring Papua New Guinea and the Solomons in 1961 for an aviation met. study, and has visited every State and territory in the Australian observing network.

So much for the facts and figures of a 37-year career. But what about the man? Well, modesty still clouds his story, but it seems that even when he graduated he had no firm thoughts of becoming a meteorologist. By a happy coincidence, his geology professor was polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, who peppered his lectures with met. matters to the extent that when that first advertisement appeared in January 1937 calling for trainees, John took the plunge and applied. It was a step he has never regretted, and his enthusiasm remains undiminished.

As John says: "Meteorology, like the weather, is international. We are all scientists in a common cause and I think this extends to the point where any Australian met. overseas knows he will find a friendly welcome at the met. Service of his host country. We try to do the same here for overseas mets. coming to Australia."

John agrees there is plenty of room for improvement, and sees the major advances of his time as the increase in upper air observations through balloon flights, radiosondes and radar; the tremendous improvement in telecommunications; the coming of electronic computers, and of course, the advent of satellites.

"Telecommunications really are the life-blood of meteorology. We'd be lost without them and the introduction of satellites in the 1960s really revolutionised our communications thinking," John says.

"I think the next big advance will be in using satellites to gather temperature profiles of the atmosphere. This has already been done experimentally, and the current GATE (GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment) effort is working along these lines.

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