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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950
Warren the Man
Warren Joins the Bureau
Wartime Perceptions and Attitudes
Return to Civvy Street
People in the Bureau
Re-establishing and Reorganising the Bureau
Reorganisation of Central Office
The Position of Chief Scientific Officer
Post-War Reorganisation
The Haldane Story
Public Weather Services
The New South Wales Divisional Office
The Victorian Divisional Office
The Queensland Divisional Office
The South Australian Divisional Office
The Western Australian Divisional Office
The Tasmanian Divisional Office
Pre-war Services for Civil Aviation
Post-War Meteorological Service for Aviation
Indian Ocean Survey Flight
The Aviation Field Staff
Synoptic Analysis, Prognosis and Forecasting
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Meteorology
A Wider Scientific Horizon
Research, Development and Special Investigations
Analysts' Conference, April 1950
Instruments and Observations
Radar Winds and Radar Weather Watch
Climate and Statistics
The Universities
Achievements of the Warren Years

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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The Position of Chief Scientific Officer

The post-war staff structure of the Bureau's Central Office did not differ remarkably from the Directorate of the RAAF Meteorological Service except that a position of Chief Scientific Officer was created. It seems likely that this decision was the result of discussions in the committee which had met in 1940 (mentioned earlier) which had identified the need to have an efficient administrator and a distinguished scientist running the Bureau.

E. G. (Taffy) Bowen of the CSIR had proposed that the Bureau did not have the scientific background to take advantage of the scientific and technological developments during the war years. Certainly the task of developing adequate techniques for providing services for civil aviation, forecasts for the general public and warnings of tropical cyclones, floods, fire weather and other conditions likely to endanger life and property was one of major proportions. The creation of the post of Chief Scientific Officer was a logical outcome of the appointment of Warren as Director of Meteorology.

A committee composed of Professors Kerr Grant (Adelaide), A. D. Ross (Perth), and O. U. Vonwiller (Sydney), Dr F. W. G. White (CSIR Executive) and H. N. Warren was formed to examine the responses to advertisements (in Australia and overseas) inviting applications for the position of Chief Scientific Officer. I have a copy of the report of the committee, dated 17 February 1948, which found that none of the six overseas applicants (one of whom, Bill Swinbank, is discussed later) had qualifications and experience superior to applicants within the Bureau. Warren had obtained the opinions of directors of the organisations in which the overseas applicants were, or had been, employed and had interviewed these applicants while overseas.

People in Bright Sparcs - Bowen, Edward George (Taffy); Grant, Kerr; Swinbank, William Christopher Swinbank, William Christopher; Warren, Herbert Norman; White, Frederick William George

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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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