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Biographical entry Hamon, Bruce Valton (1917 - 2014)

Born
11 August 1917
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
24 August 2014
Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Electrical engineer and Oceanographer

Summary

Bruce Hamon, who has been called the father of Australian physical oceanography, joined the Electrotechnology Section of the National Standards Laboratory in 1941 after completing his degree in electrical engineering at the University of Sydney. His work revolved around projects contributing to the war effort and he became adept at designing precision resistors that improved measurement accuracy. In 1957 Hamon moved to the CSIRO Division of Fisheries where his principal interests centred on the measurement of currents, tides and waves. He designed oceanographic electronic measuring devices, including world's first temperature-salinity-depth profiler. In his research he pioneered an understanding of the East Australian Current and its eddies and is credited with discovering the 'continental shelf wave'.

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Events

1941
Career position - Joined the CSIRO National Standards Laboratory
1957 - 1979
Career position - Research scientist, CSIRO Division of Fisheries
1958
Career position - UNESCO Fellowship in Marine Science
1979
Career position - Honorary Associate, Marine Fisheries Centre, University of Sydney
1979
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Greig, Alastair, 'Bruce Hamon 1917-2014', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, vol. 27, no. 6, 2014, pp. 126-7. Details
  • Hamon, Bruce, 'My working life: 1941-1979', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, vol. 25, no. 6, 2012, pp. 98-103. Details

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