International Polar Year - 1932

Director and IPY Technical Advisors and Staff (See Notes below)

 
back row (l to r): Prof. Balfour W Currie, EH Vestine, Stuart McVeigh, JE Lilly, Ratje Charles Jacobsen.
front row: John P Rea, Walter EW Jackson, John Patterson, Andrew Thomson, Frank T Davies.

Notes re IPY 1932:

John Patterson had become director of the Observatory and Service in 1929. 

Walter Jackson was a magnetician and deputy director of the Observatory and Service.

Andrew Thomson returned to Canada and joined the staff as the atmospheric physicist early in 1932.  Later in 1936 when the reorganization took place Jackson was transferred to the Ottawa Observatory and Thomson became deputy director. Thomson began acting as assistant or deputy director in 1936 but was not officially appointed until 1940.

Frank Davies may have come from Britain or New Zealand but remained in Canada and became a noted scientist in the early National Research Council (?) or another department in Ottawa 

Balfour Currie had a PhD and was a junior on staff at the U of Saskatchewan.  He returned there and had his whole career at U of  S.  His younger brother was Don Currie who was an operational meteorologist who forecasted out of Edmonton.

Stuart McVeigh, John Rae and EH Vestine were postgraduate students, probably Toronto, it is not known what happened to them. 

Ratje Charles Jacobsen, after 1933, was a pilot, flew and supervised RCAF upper air sounding flights at Fort Smith in 1934 when Canada and US jointly studied polar air masses.  He was probably under contract since he did not become a staff member until 1936 when he was one of the first to go to Newfoundland where he again flew "APOBS" with Hugh Bindon, looking after the instruments which were mostly read manually while in the air.  After a year or two, he returned to Head Office where he became head of the Instruments Section when Middleton went to Optics in NRC at Ottawa in 1946. 

photo reference: Canadian Polar Year Expedition, 1932-33 Vol. 1, Meteorology (Ottawa: King's Printer, 1940), 452 pages.

(from Morley K Thomas, January 2007)

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