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Biographical entry Humphrey, George Frederick



George Frederick Humphrey is an Australian Oceanographer. He was the head of two divisions of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Fisheries and Oceanography (1956 - 1971) and the Marine Biochemistry Unit (1971-1977). George Frederick Humphrey has also served as the Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) between 1973 and 1977. The IOC is a subset of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and according to its web page the IOC 'aims to improve the governance, management, institutional capacity, and decision-making process of its Member States with respect to marine resources and climate variability and to foster sustainable development of the marine environment, in particular in developing countries'. Other work George Frederick Humphrey has been involved in includes collaboration with the Royal Australian Navy during the cold war between 1957 and 1963. According to the Australian War Memorial George Frederick Humphrey was associated with two river-class frigates, the HMAS Damantina and the HMAS Gascoyne. Both ships were used as survey and research ships after the Second World War.



1956 - 1971
Career position - Chief, Division of Fisheries and Oceanography, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
1971 - 1977
Career position - Chief, Division of Marine Biochemistry Unit, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
1973 - 1977
Career Position - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

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Australian War Memorial Research Centre

  • [Original title too long] Interview of George Humphrey by Alastair Cooper, S04356; Australian War Memorial Research Centre. Details

National Library of Australia

  • Biographical cuttings on G.F. Humphrey, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals, 1930285; National Library of Australia. Details

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