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Akeroyd, Arthur Gordon (1890 - 1948)

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Meteorologist
Born: 29 August 1890  Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.  Died: 25 March 1948  Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Arthur Gordon Akeroyd was a renowned meteorologist who initially specialised in marine meteorology, helping plan Antarctic expeditions. Later Akeroydís focus shifted to forecasting and he eventually took charge of the weather bureauís climatology section in Melbourne (Head office). From 1937 until his death in1948, Akeroyd was the Divisional Meteorologist at the Perth office of the Bureau of Meteorology. Arthur Gordon Akeroyd was an advocate for the use of weather science in everyday affairs.

Career Highlights
Upon completing his secondary schooling at Mr Kromeís University High School in Melbourne, Arthur Akeroyd worked as a telegraph messenger for the Mooroopna Post Office. In 1907, after the death of his father, Akeroyd and his mother moved to Melbourne. By 1908 Akeroyd was working as a clerk for the Department of Home Affairs. The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology ran a nation wide exam in 1915 to select an assistant meteorologist; Arthur Akeroyd got the highest result and was selected for the position. He was first trained in marine meteorology and helped plan some of the bureauís Antarctic expeditions. Akeroyd then moved into the climatology and forecasting section where he gained much respect. In 1937 Akeroyd was promoted to take charge of the Bureauís Western Australian division. He introduced the reporting of accurate daily maximum temperatures and helped move forecasting from educated guesswork to scientific based predictions. During World War II, Akeroyd and the Bureau provided the Air Force with critical weather forecasts to ensure their long-range aircrafts maintained a non-stop air-link between Perth and Ceylon. Arthur Gordon Akeroyd was the Bureauís media spokesperson and a foundation member of the Professional Officerís Association of the Commonwealth Public Services.

Chronology
1905 - 1907Telegraph Messenger at the Mooroopna Post Office, Victoria (Vic)
1908 - c. 1915Clerk at the Victorian Department of Home Affairs
1915Assistant Meteorologist at the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology
1920Married Alice Lister Smith at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Clifton Hill, Vic
1930Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) completed at the University of Melbourne
1937Divisional Meteorologist at the Western Australia Bureau of Meteorology
c. 1939 - c. 1945Honorary Wing Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II

 
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