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History of Research in the Bureau of Meteorology




Chapter 1: Germination and Growth

Chapter 2: Struggle, Competition and Emergence
The Struggle for Recognition
International Involvement
Local Cooperation
The Bureau Goes Solo

Appendix 1: Meteorology Act 1906

Appendix 2: Meteorology Act 1955

Appendix 3: Simpson Report

Appendix 4: Survey Questionnaire

Appendix 5: Bibliography



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Research Within the Bureau (continued)

Predictably, Bowen's ideas met with strong opposition from the Bureau and within a fortnight Warren had put forward his own counter-proposals to the Secretaries of the Departments of Air and the Interior. He argued for a Seasonal Forecasting Unit to be set up within the Meteorology Department at the University of Melbourne. Also using the Simpson report to support his views, Warren called for the immediate allocation of funding for the project, in order to forestall Bowen's move. He had apparently already enlisted the cooperation of Loewe and University Vice Chancellor, J. D. G. Medley, to have the Unit up and running as quickly as possible and had obtained Loewe's agreement to direct the research, with Treloar as head of the Unit (Warren [83]).

This correspondence reveals that Warren was firmly of the opinion that such research was best conducted by a "specially organised unit in a suitable Research Institution". He gives three reasons in support of his view, two of which correspond closely with those advanced by Simpson in his 1939 report. Warren's third reason concerned the possible adverse reaction by Treasury, the Department and the public to the lack of early positive results in what could well be a long and fruitless quest.

There followed an exchange of letters between Warren[84] and Dr F. W. G. (later Sir Frederick) White[86], [87], CSIR's Assistant Executive Officer, in which Warren attacked Bowen's proposals and White assured him that no moves would be made without proper consultation between all parties concerned).

White[88] set out his thoughts on the issue in a letter to Professor O. U. Vonwiller, head of the Physics Department at the University of Sydney and member of the Australian National Research Council (ANRC), in which he suggested that the ANRC invite the Bureau to send a representative to collaborate with it in formulating plans for meteorological research in Australia. White also advanced tentative ideas for the division of this work between the Bureau, CSIR and the universities, each one of which would have their own part to play in tackling this enormous task.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bowen, Edward George (Taffy); Loewe, Fritz; Treloar, Harry Mayne; Warren, Herbert Norman; White, Frederick William George

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Gardner, J. 1997 'Stormy Weather: A History of Research in the Bureau of Meteorology', Metarch Papers, No. 11 December 1997, Bureau of Meteorology

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