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

Stithians, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Swansea, Tasmania, Australia
Meteorological observer


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.



1939 - 1947
Career position - Served as wireless operator with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1950 - 1975
Life event - Weather Observer, Bureau of Meteorology
Award - Polar Medal
Award - Polar Medal with clasp
Life event - Retired

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Dartnall, Herbert J. G., 'Vale Bob Dingle: 1920 - 2016', Australian Antarctic Magazine, 31 (2016), 24. Details
  • Dartnall, Herbert J. G., 'Bob Dingle 1920 - 2016', Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 29 (3) (2016), 70-1. Details
  • Dartnall, Herbert J. G., 'Bob Dingle - pathfinder at war and in the Antarctic', Papers and proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 152 (2018), 53-9. Details


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