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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

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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Foreword (continued)

We were able to achieve great progress together and I believe the Government's decision in 1964 to host, in Melbourne, one of the three World Centres of the World Meteorological Organization's World Weather Watch laid the foundation for the vital role that Australia has played in international meteorology over the past thirty-five years. I am sure that it has contributed significantly to the enormous benefits that have accrued to this country from Australia's special influence and access to meteorological data and expertise from around the world.

Although I relinquished Ministerial responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology in 1967, I met up with Bill Gibbs and his colleagues many times again during my Parliamentary career. In 1979, during the first Trade Mission that I led to the Middle East, John Zillman and I were fortunate to be able to build on the high international standing of the Bureau resulting from Bill's period as Director to establish meteorology as the first area of formal bilateral cooperation between Australia and Saudi Arabia and the model for several important trade-related agreements that followed.

It was thus a very special pleasure for me and for my colleague, the Hon Peter Nixon, who succeeded me as Minister for the Interior and Minister responsible for the Bureau in 1967, to attend the 1994 World Meteorological Day Address in Melbourne at which Dr Gibbs provided his recollections of the achievements of the International Meteorological Organization and the World Meteorological Organization in which he himself had played such a vital role over the thirty-two year period from 1947 to 1978. In the words of thanks that I was pleased to deliver at the conclusion of his address, I paid tribute to his remarkable contribution to the development of the Bureau and to the scientific progress of Australian and international meteorology. It is a great pleasure to do so again through this Foreword to his memories of the Bureau from 1946 to 1962.

Rt Hon J. D. Anthony PC CH FTSE
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 1971–72, 1975–83

The Rt Hon J. D. (Doug) Anthony and Dr W. J. Gibbs

The Rt Hon J. D. (Doug) Anthony and Dr W. J. (Bill) Gibbs on the occasion of Dr Gibbs' World Meteorological Day Address, March 1994.

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

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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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