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Biographical entry Dingle, William Robert John (Bob) (1920 - 2016)

Born
1920
Stithians, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Died
2016
Swansea, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Meteorological observer

Summary

Bob Dingle was a weather observer for the Bureau of Meteorology who in a 25-year career with the Bureau was often posted to remote and inhospitable places. He overwintered in Antarctica seven times. Seconded several times to the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) he served at all five of Australia's Antarctic stations in the 1950s. Dingle was sole weather observer in the party that established Mawson Station and officer-in-charge of Wilkes Station after its transfer from the U.S.A. to Australia. Later he was seconded to the U.S. Byrd and Plateau Stations, and participated in research programs for the University of Melbourne Meteorology Department (UNIMET). Between 1968 and 1972 he was senior Australian weather observer on the US Navy ship Eltanin in the Southern Ocean for 18 research cruises. A keen photographer, in 2011 Dingle published a book of his own Antarctic photos.

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Events

1939 - 1947
Career position - Served as wireless operator with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
1949
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1950 - 1975
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1956
Award - Polar Medal
1960
Award - Polar Medal with clasp
1975
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Dartnall, Herbert J. G., 'Bob Dingle 1920 - 2016', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, vol. 29, no. 3, 2016, pp. 70-1. Details

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