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Presentation of the twelfth Professor Dr Vilho Vaisala Award to Dr Bruce Forgan, Bureau of Meteorology

12 November 1997

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary for the
Bureau of Meteorology

Dr John Zillman, the Director of the Bureau of Meteorology, Prof Obasi, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization; Mr Ketonen, president and Chief Executive of Vaisala; and most importantly, Dr Bruce Forgan and his wife and family, other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. I am particularly pleased that I was able to be here in Melbourne when this very substantial and significant award was being made. On behalf of the Government I would like to say how proud we are of you, Dr Forgan, to receive this award.

I understand that the accurate measurement of radiation is the focus of the research for which Dr Forgan will receive this Award today. I am told that solar energy drives our weather and climate systems and the application of Dr Forgan's research will be particularly valuable in obtaining good observations of the planet's radiation balance

I had the pleasure earlier this year of visiting our Baseline Station at Cape Grim in north west Tasmania and I was very impressed with what I saw there. I know that it is recognised as the best baseline station in the world and this recognition reflects its dedication to producing high quality data.

And, as most of you will know, Dr Forgan was the first Bureau Officer-in-Charge of Cape Grim during the mid-1980s. As OiC, he was responsible not only for the overall integrity of the station's programs, but, in particular, for the Cape Grim radiation program.

This work, I understand, formed the foundation for much of Dr Forgan's subsequent work which culminated in this award.

I am very pleased to offer the Government's congratulations to Dr Forgan on receiving this award. I want to also thank Professor Obasi for being in Australia to make the presentation on behalf of the World Met Organisation. It is a proud moment for Australia that Professor Obasi has been able to be with us. I'd also like to congratulate the Vaisiala organisation for the endowment that has allowed this presentation to be made annually. They are one of the world's leading technology companies in the research field, it's indeed tremendous and significant that they have made this endowment available and I congratulate you on that.

But to Bruce, again, my very warm congratulations to you on a job very well done and an award very significantly made.


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