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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 (continued)

The committee recognised the distinguished academic qualifications and scientific research of Dr Fritz Loewe (mentioned later) but believed it was preferable that he remain in his position as the first head of a meteorological section in any Australian university.

Bureau applicants mentioned were A. W. Cornish, J. C. Foley, W. J. Gibbs, J. Hogan (1896–1970), B. W. Newman and H. M. Treloar. The report of the committee noted that although Treloar had the highest academic qualifications it was considered that he would be "unsatisfactory as a director or controller of any organisation or section of more than a very few members".

The report also states "of the other applicants the committee was most impressed by Mr W. J. Gibbs", and that " . . . the committee gave serious consideration to a recommendation for his immediate promotion to the post". The report further states that Warren then suggested it would be wiser "to allow Mr Gibbs to secure further experience . . . before his appointment to the chief scientific post".

The committee further reported that "neither Foley or Hogan could be regarded as inspiring . . . nor having given much consideration to future developments in scientific techniques of service". The report of the committee recommended that " . . . J. C. Foley be promoted to the position of Chief Scientific Officer" and that " . . . W. J. Gibbs be advanced as early as possible to a supervising meteorologist's position".

At that time I was not aware of the details of the report of the committee and, if my memory serves me correctly, it was not until after I was promoted Director of Meteorology in 1962 that I found the report among the papers of the former Director of Meteorology, L. J. Dwyer.

People in Bright Sparcs - Cornish, Allan William; Dwyer, Leonard Joseph; Foley, James Charles; Hogan, John; Loewe, Fritz; Newman, Bernard William (Bernie); Treloar, Harry Mayne; Warren, Herbert Norman

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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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