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Biographical entry Leighton, Robert Murray (Bob) (1940 - )

8 April 1940
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia


Bob Leighton has worked for the Bureau of Meteorology since 1958. As a member of the Bureau's National Meteorological Operations Centre he won the 2000 Christopher Taylor Award for dedication to meteorological science, in recognition of his work on the climatology of highs and lows over the southern hemisphere and the Australian region.


Born 8 April 1940 at Bendigo, Victoria. Educated Bendigo High School; Fellowship Diploma in Applied Physics (Meteorology) at RMIT, Melbourne. Joined Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne 31 March 1958. Meteorologist in Port Moresby 1963, in Darwin November 1964 to April 1965, in Perth April 1965 to February 1968 and from 1968-2001 in the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre (NMOC) in Melbourne. Part-time lecturer in Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre from May 2001. Since 1987 created a database (cyclonicity/anticyclonicity) describing the movement of high and low pressure systems across the Australasian region and the Southern Hemisphere. From September 1998 to August 2000 instructed paraplegic solo-around-the world sailor Vinny Lauwers on the synoptics of the Southern Hemisphere and with the backup of colleagues from NMOC forecasted for this epic journey. Nominated for the Bureau of Meteorology Australia Day award in 1998 and received the Christopher Taylor award for services to meteorology in 1999.

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Helen Morgan