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Mr. B. W. Newman, Deputy Director, Sydney
Mr. G. W. Mackey—Deputy Director, Perth
Mr. J. Johnston—Deputy Director, Hobart
Mr. A. J. Shields—Deputy Director, Brisbane
Mr. B. J. Retallack—Supervising Meteorologist, Training
Mr. J. Hogan—Deputy Director, Adelaide
Mr. F. Bell—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Mr. P. Ryan—Officer-in-Charge, Darwin
Bureau Profile #1
Dr. Kevin Spillane: The Quality of Tenacity
Taking the World View [John Zillman]
Fred Bell, the Pilot's Friend
Mildura's Harry Storer
Computers—New ADC [Ross Maine]
H. G. Bond
The Sky is the Limit [Bettye Macnicol / Jenny Hopwood]
Hobart Weather Birds [Judy Morris / Felicity James]
Professional Officers' Association Award to Henry [Phillpot]
New Assistant Director Facilities is Keith Henderson
Tasmania's New Regional Director [Ted Phillips]
New Head for ANMRC [Doug Gauntlett]
Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria
Lynn Mitchell Takes Over the Reins in SA RO Fillerup!
Pat Sullivan New Regional Director, NSW
Bettye Dixon Heads Canberra Liaison Section
Dr Michael Manton Chief of BMRC
Graeme Furler, Regional Director South Australia
Ian Mason, Regional Director ACT
Regional Director Queensland [Rex Falls]
Don Linforth, STPM
Bob Brook, Asst Director (Observations)
Jim Arthur, Regional Director, Northern Territory
Neil Streten Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Bill Downey, Assistant Director (Executive)
Antarctic Medal Winners
Agrometeorology's Leading Lady [Gloria Bedson]
Ken Wilson—Focus on the 'Big Picture'
Sue Barrell's 'Balancing Act'
Dr Geoff Love Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Serendipity at 33,000ft: A Win for Metrology—Bruce Forgan's WMO Vaisala Award
Pressure's On for New NCC Head [Mary Voice]
Bob Leighton Wins AMOS Honor for Climate Studies



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No. 166 June 1970, Item 1902 (continued)

Magic aside, he arrived at Brisbane office to work under the tender supervision of officers that included "Poppa" Richards, Allen Bath and Vic Bahr.

In 1949 he joined the first group of postwar cadet meteorologists, graduating BSc, in 1953 and passing his Met course in 1954. During this time he dropped his rugby—"to give study a fair go".

More importantly, he married Barbara, the boss's stenographer.

Kev went to Adelaide in 1956 as a duty forecaster, lectured at the Training School in Melbourne from 1959, and joined Research and Development Division in 1963. There, his major work has been in the field of clear air turbulence. His PhD thesis on "The Meteorology of Clear Air Turbulence in Australia" was largely drawn from two years spent at the University of Melbourne as senior research fellow in aeronautical turbulence.

His work revealed for the first time evidence of a previously unsuspected peak in clear air turbulence activity in the stratosphere. While not of high intensity, this turbulence frequency will concert operators of supersonic transports like the Concorde.

Dr. Spillane believes the environment of the Bureau encourages meteorologists to higher levels of study. "There are many people to contribute to your projects," he says. "Given such stimulation and support, any meteorologist can consider further postgraduate studies."

Meteorology is never far from his mind: "At home, I suppose I read too much, keeping up with things. It's a bit hard on the kids sometimes . . ."

People in Bright Sparcs - Spillane, Kevin Thomas

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