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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]
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Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria
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Computers—New ADC [Ross Maine]

No. 174 February 1971, Item 2039

Ross Maine, successor to Gerry O'Mahony as Assistant Director Computing, is one of the Australian pioneers in the challenging field of computer weather forecasts.

(An outline of Australian responsibility in this area is given in the next story, taken from an article prepared by the Bureau for overseas press distribution by the Australian News and Information Bureau, the nation's official overseas publicity body.)

As ADC, Ross will supervise the Bureau's entire data processing system, including the handling of weather records and office services sidelights such as the telephone directory.

One of the biggest jobs looming is implementing the PMG computerised communication system, where the Bureau's computers will be linked to PMG commuters in the States to speed meteorological traffic considerably. This will enable speedier processing, and earlier distribution of analysed data.

Another future requirement is remote computer processing from regional offices or other buildings.

Ross is a West Australian. Mal Lamond of Vic RO, an old schoolmate at CBC Perth, recalls that on the football field Ross showed the qualities of singlemindedness and determination that emerged again in his university and mathematical studies.

People in Bright Sparcs - Maine, Ross

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