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Memories of the Bureau, 1946 to 1962





Chapter 1: The Warren Years, 1946 to 1950

Chapter 2: International Meteorology
Meetings of the IMO Technical Commissions in Toronto
The IMO Conference of Directors, Washington DC
The US Weather Bureau
Meeting of IMO Regional Association for the South-west Pacific
Meetings of the IMO International Meteorological Committee

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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Chapter 2: International Meteorology (continued)

After the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945 the directors of Allied meteorological services, some still in the uniform of the armed services in which they had served, met at an Extraordinary Conference of Directors of meteorological services in London in February 1946. Those attending the meeting included H. N. Warren, Sir Nelson Johnson (UK), Dr F. W. Reichelderfer (US) and Dr Hesselberg (Norway). I believe that Dr Federov, Director of the USSR Meteorological Service, may also have attended the meeting as I have a vague memory of seeing a photograph of Warren and Federov on that occasion, both in uniform. A Conference of Empire Meteorologists, with Warren as chairman, was held in London immediately following the Extraordinary Conference of Directors of IMO.

The Extraordinary Conference of Directors resolved "to bring the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) back into operation, to ensure its cooperation with other international organisations and to resume the study of constitutional and other questions, the settlement of which has been prevented by the war".

Warren was elected to the International Meteorological Committee (IMC) of the IMO. One of the urgent tasks of this post-war IMC was to examine the draft of a Convention of the IMO which had been prepared before the war by Dr Hesselberg. It was decided that this would be one of the matters to be considered at a Conference of Directors planned for 1947 in Washington DC.

It was also decided that all of the Technical Commissions of IMO should meet in Toronto before the Washington meeting of the Conference of Directors.

Australia's involvement in international meteorology dates back to the last century. Colonial Meteorologist Wragge and former Colonial Meteorologist Neumayer attended some of the early IMO Conferences of Directors. Wragge attended Conferences in Munich in 1891 and in Paris in 1896. Neumayer, who had retired from the position of Colonial Meteorologist for Victoria in 1863 and had been appointed hydrographer of the German Naval Observatory in 1874, attended the Conferences in Rome in 1879 and Munich in 1891.

People in Bright Sparcs - Neumayer, Georg Balthazar; Warren, Herbert Norman; Wragge, Clement Lindley

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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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