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Biographical entry Squires, Patrick (1914 - 1990)

Born
12 July 1914
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Died
14 November 1990
Reno, Nevada, United States of America
Occupation
Meteorologist and Physicist

Summary

Patrick Squires was a pioneer of cloud physics. In 1937 he joined the Bureau of Meteorology where he trained as a meteorologist. Squires was appointed squadron leader in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1942 where he continued his meteorological research. He then spent several years at the Radiophysics Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where he and his co-workers carried out groundbreaking work in areas including cloud seeding and air parcel cooling. In 1962 Squires moved to the USA where he spent the next 22 years working with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI).

Details

After completing tenth grade, Patrick Squires began studying to join the priesthood. During this time he independently studied science and at age 16 enrolled at the University of Melbourne. In 1934 Squires successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. His first job after leaving university was in the actuarial department of an insurance company. Then in 1937 Squires joined the Bureau of Meteorology as a trainee meteorologist under the guidance of John Lillywhite, Neil McRae and others. In 1941 the RAAF took over the Bureau for the duration of the war. Squires was appointed squadron leader and engaged mainly in meteorological research. For the next 30 plus years Squires made several inroads in cloud physics working for CSIRO Australia, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, as an adjunct professor with the State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Reno, Nevada. The DRI named their research library in honour of Patrick Squires major contributions to cloud physics. Squires retired in 1986, at age 72.

Events

1934
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Melbourne
1936
Education - Master of Arts (MA) completed at the University of Melbourne
1937 - 1946
Career position - Research Officer at the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology
1941 - 1944
Career position - Editor of Air Mass & Frontal Analysis Monthly Note (AMFA Note)
1941 - 1946
Career position - Meteorologist in the RAAF
1946 - 1962
Career position - Research Physicist in the Division Radiophysics at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1959
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1962 - 1966
Career position - Research Meteorologist at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado, USA
1966 - 1977
Career position - Research Meteorologist at DRI at the University of Nevada, USA
1977 - 1984
Career position - Director of the Convective Storms Division at the NCAR
c. 1986 -
Career position - Retired

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Annette Alafaci