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Biographical entry Priestley, Charles Henry Brian (1915 - 1998)


8 July 1915
Highgate, England
18 May 1998
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  • Priestly, Bill (Also known as)


Charles Henry B. (Bill) Priestley was Chief of the Division of Meteorological Physics, CSIRO, 1946-1973.


Born 8 July 1915. Died 18 May 1998. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1954, Fellow, Royal Society 1967. MA, ScD. British Meteorological Office, 1939-1946. Arrived Australia 1946 to take up position of Chief, Division of Meteorological Physics, CSIRO, 1946-1973. Received the World Meteorological Organization's IMO Prize in 1973, and awarded American Meteorological Society's Rossby Research Medal in 1974. Retired in 1973 and became Chairman of CSIRO Environmental Physics Research Laboratories, 1973-1977, and part-time Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Monash University.

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Published resources


  • Garratt, John, Angus, David and Holper, Paul, Winds of Change: Fifty Years of Achievements in the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research 1946-1996, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 1998, 136 (148) pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Garratt, J. R., Webb, E. K. and Mccarthy, S., 'Charles Henry Brian Priestley. 8 July 1915 - 18 May 1998', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 57, 2011, pp. 349-78. Details
  • Garratt, J. R., Webb, E. K. and Mccarthy, S., 'Charles Henry Brian Priestley 1915-1998', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 126-51. Details
  • Morton, B, 'Interview with Bill Priestley', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, vol. II, 1998, pp. 83-94. Details
  • Priestley, C. H. B., 'The Global Atmosphere: a memorial to H. C. Russell', Search, vol. 2, no. 8, 1971. Details
  • Priestley, C. H. B., 'William Christopher Swinbank', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 3, no. 1, 1975, pp. 76-92. Also available at Details
  • Priestley, C. H. B., 'Reminiscences of 30 years of meteorological research in Australia', Australian Meteorological Magazine, vol. 30, 1982, pp. 19-30. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.