Biographical entry Mason, Ian Bruce (1941 - )
- 22 October 1941
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Ian Bruce Mason worked for the Bureau of Meteorology and was Regional Director, ACT, 1984-1988, specialising in the field of statistics in forecasting. He introduced the use of numerical probability in public weather forecasts in Australia, and pioneered application of methods from signal detection theory to verification of weather forecasts. He headed secretariats to the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee and the Environmental Futures Group in the Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services.
Born 22 October 1941. Educated: Adelaide Boys High School; BSc, University of Adelaide, 1962. Diploma of Applied Physics, RMIT, 1963. Joined the Bureau of Meteorology as a cadet meteorologist in 1959. Meteorologist, South Australian Regional Office, Bureau of Meteorology, 1963-1966. Senior Meteorologist, Woomera missile range, South Australia, 1967-1969. Senior Meteorologist, ACT Regional Office, 1969-1984. Visiting Scientist, US National Weather Service, Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, Colorado, USA, January 1986 - June 1986. Executive Officer, Canberra Liaison Office, Bureau of Meteorology, July 1988- January 1989. Regional Director, ACT Regional Office, Bureau of Meteorology, October 1984 - June 1988. Visiting Scientist, US National Weather Service Environmental Research Laboratories, Boulder, Colorado, USA, February-March 1989. Director, Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee secretariat, Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services, April 1989 - April 1991. Director, Environmental Futures Group secretariat, Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services, May 1991 - December 1991. Director Environment Unit, Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services, January 1992 - August 1992. Director, Ecologically Sustainable Development Policy, Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services, September 1992 - December 1994. Director Planning and Projects, Commonwealth Department of Administrative Services, January 1995 - February 1996. Took early retirement in March 1996. Provision of leave relief in the forecasting section of the ACT Meteorological Office, Bureau of Meteorology, 1998, 1999. Consultant to Bureau of Meteorology on integrated verification procedures for forecasts and warnings, June 1998 - June 1999. Executive Level 1, Bureau of Meteorology (part-time non-ongoing), Assessment of Bureau of Meteorology archive holdings, July 2000 - March 2001.
- 'Ian Mason, RD ACT', Weather News, vol. 269, December 1984, 1984, pp. 9-10. Details
- 'Mason, Ian Bruce (1941-)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1473894. Details
- Federation and Meteorology, 2001, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/fam/index_m.html. Details
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