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Biographical entry McEwan, Angus David (1937 - 2018)


20 July 1937
Alloa, Scotland
5 September 2018
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Angus McEwan was considered the pre-eminent experimentalist in geophysical fluid dynamics of his generation, earning an international reputation for his innovative experiments. His made pioneering studies in electro hydrodynamics and in viscous free surface phenomena, particularly the processes of the atmosphere and ocean such as fronts, waves, convection, stratified and rotating flows, and the quasi-biennial oscillation. He was inaugural Chief of the CSIRO Division of Oceanography from 1981 until 1995. On retirement in 1995 he became Senior Science Advisor (Oceanography) to the Bureau of Meteorology. McEwan was influential in international meteorological and oceanographic matters, being active in the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission in several capacities and in 1994 serving as Chairman of the . Intergovernmental Committee for Global Ocean Observing System.



Life event - Settled in Australia
Education - BMechE, University of Melbourne
Education - MEngSc, University of Melbourne
Education - PhD, University of Cambridge
1966 - 1969
Career position - Research Scientist, Aeronautical Research Laboratories, Melbourne
1969 - 1971
Award - Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship
1971 - 1981
Career position - Leader, Dynamics Section, CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Physics
Award - Rossby Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, Maryland, U.S.A.
1980 - 1981
Career position - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Physics
1981 - 1995
Career position - Inaugural Chief, CSIRO Division of Oceanography
1982 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1987 - 1990
Career position - Chairman, Committee on Climate Changes and the Ocean, UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
1991 - 1995
Career position - Honorary Research Professor, University of Tasmania
Career position - Chairman, Intergovernmental Committee for Global Ocean Observing System
1994 - 2018
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1995 -
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow, CSIRO Division of Marine Research
Life event - Retired
1995 - 2003
Career position - Senior Advisor (Oceanography), Bureau of Meteorology
1995 - 2005
Career position - Senior Science Advisor in Oceanography, Bureau of Meteorology
1996 -
Career position - Chairman, National Committee for Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Australian Academy of Science
1997 - 2000
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Academy of Science
1998 - 2000
Career position - President, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in geophysical fluid dynamics and oceanography
Career position - Member, Tasmanian Science and Technology Council

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