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Biographical entry Morton, Bruce Rutherford (1926 - 2012)

11 April 1926
Wellington, New Zealand
15 September 2012


Bruce Morton made significant contributions to applied mathematics and geophysical fluid dynamics as well as the establishment of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS). Born in 1926 Morton attended secondary school in the country of his birth, New Zealand receiving a scholarship to study mathematics and physics at the University of Auckland. In 1949 Morton received another scholarship, this time to St John's College Cambridge were he completed his Doctorate in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Bruce Morton held a position at University College, then Manchester University before arriving in Australia at to work as chair in applied mathematics at Monash University in 1967. In 2000 the AMOS medal was renamed the AMOS Morton Medal in his honour.



Award - Rutherford Fellowship for study at St John's College, University of Cambridge
1967 - 1991
Career position - Professor of Applied Mathematics, Monash University
1974 - 1976
Career position - Chairman, Department of Mathematics, Monash University
1991 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Monash University
Life event - Retired

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  • Smith, Roger and Reder, Michael, 'Bruce Rutherford Morton, 1926 - 2012', Weather, vol. 8, no. 1, 2013, p. 26. Details

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