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Notes Prepared by John Hogan


I Join the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology

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)

Macquarie Island

Willis Island


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Like many other employees who joined the Bureau between 1908 and the mid-1930s John Hogan (1896–1970) acquired his knowledge of the science of meteorology from private reading and from discussion with other Bureau officers. However he, and a number of his colleagues, realised that tertiary education in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (Science) was important for a proper understanding of meteorology and he accordingly embarked on a part-time course at Melbourne University, which after study over a number of years enabled him to gain the degree of B.Sc. in 1934.

Following the return of the Bureau to civilian footing in 1946 John Hogan (1896–1970) occupied the positions of Supervising Meteorologist and Deputy Director (Victoria) until his appointment as Deputy (now Regional) Director New South Wales in 1948, a position he occupied until his retirement in January 1959. Although formally occupying this position in Sydney during the period 1948–1959 he spent a considerable amount of time in the Melbourne office acting in the recently created positions of Assistant Director (Administration) and Chief Scientific Officer. Following his retirement in 1959 he was employed for six months on contract from December 1963 to June 1964 during the absence on furlough of F.T. Hannan from the position of External Relations Officer. Again in 1969 John Hogan (1896–1970) was contracted to prepare some historical notes relating to the Bureau and its officers and it is a selection of these notes which comprise this issue of the Metarch Papers.

John Hogan (1896–1970) is remembered by his Bureau contemporaries as a man of great modesty and compassion. He made a contribution to the development of the Bureau in the period 1914–1959 which resulted in significant advances to our knowledge of atmospheric processes in the Australian region and in the improvement of the quality of meteorological services to the community.

Melbourne 1985

W.J. Gibbs

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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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