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Biographical entry Herry, Fritz (1929 - )

Born
11 March 1929
Mauritius
Occupation
Meteorologist

Summary

Fritz Herry worked for the Bureau of Meteorology for 24 years (1970-1994) as a meteorologist in the Tropical Analysis Centre, Darwin regional office, Northern Territory, and was also in charge of the Special Services.

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Born Mauritius, 11 March 1929. After high school Herry joined the Mauritius Meteorological Service as an observer (1950-1955). With a Government of India Cultural Scholarship he travelled to India to study at the University of New Delhi, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Physics (1955-1959). He spent one year at the Tropical School of Meteorology in Poone studying meteorology, where he obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Meteorology in 1960. After then returning to Mauritius he worked for one year as an Aviation Meteorologist. From 1960 to 1962, he worked under contract with the World Meteorological Organization on a United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He came back to Mauritius for a period of five years, then travelled to the United Kingdom on a Government of Mauritius Scholarship to study Meteorology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology. In 1968, Herry graduated with a Diploma of the Imperial College and a Master of Science from the London University. He returned to Mauritius and worked there until 1970. After migrating to Australia in 1970 he worked for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as a Meteorologist at the Tropical Analysis Centre in Darwin Regional Centre, Northern Territory (1970-1975) and was also in charge of the Special Services. After Tropical Cyclone Tracy, he came to the Bureau's Head Office in Melbourne, and worked for two years (1975-1977) at the National Climate Centre. In 1977 he was transferred to the National Meteorological Oceanographic Centre until retirement in 1994.

In 1995 Herry was called as an Australian Volunteer under the AusAID programme, to re-organise the Cambodian National Meteorological Service (1995-1997). In 1997 he joined the Japan Weather Association to supervise the construction of the automatic weather stations in the Islands of Fiji. In 2001, the Bureau of Meteorology's Special Services Unit sold a weather radar to New Caledonia and at the same time undertook to train technical officers in radar meteorology. As the New Caledonians were limited in English Herry was given a contract to interpret English to French.

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