Irish Met Society Honorary Life Members
Mr David Ball is a Hydrogeologist. His primary degree was in Natural Sciences (Geology) from TCD in 1971. His Masters in Hydrogeology is from London University in 1972. He has worked as a consultant since then. Initially, he worked on long projects overseas in Africa, Arabia and Asia. He jointly directed and supervised a $10 million drilling investigation in Arabia for four years, and specialised in hydrochemistry and environmental isotopes. He subsequently was part of a team that set up and trained a Groundwater Research Department for Malaysia, and National Water Resources Institute for Nigeria. He returned to Ireland in 1985, and, with others, set up an on-campus consultancy which grew to over thirty staff. In 1992, he left to work as an independent hydrogeologist. Most of his work since 1985 has been in Ireland; for regulatory and local authorities, industries, farmers and local groups, on matters relating to groundwater supplies, development of new water sources, drilling standards and planning. He has continued to work overseas for short periods in North Korea, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Malaysia, Spain and Mali. He has been the President of the Irish Group of the IAH. He was elected to the RIA Geosciences Committee in 2004.
Prof. Ray Bates
Ray Bates is Adjunct Professor of Meteorology in the Meteorology and Climate Centre, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD. He obtained a B.Sc. in Physics from UCD in 1962 and a PhD in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1969. He spent his early career in Met Éireann, where he held the positions of Head of Research and Assistant Director. From 1987 to 1995 he was a Senior Scientist and Branch Head in the Laboratory for Atmospheres at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. From 1995 to 2004, he was Professor of Meteorology at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. His current research is in global climate feedbacks. Prof. Bates is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the Academia Europaea. He was President of the Irish Meteorological Society (2004-08). He was awarded the Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2009.
Dr Jim Hamilton
Jim attained a B.Sc. in Experimental Physics from UCD in 1974. As part of a final year project he became interested in computers and programming. He wrote his first graphics programmes for a calcomp pen-plotter. Then he did a Ph.D. at Reading University from 1974 to 1977 on computer simulation of the geomagnetic current sheet. This involved writing a computer programme to simulate certain aspects of the plasma trapped in the Earth's magnetic field in the so-called current sheet region. It also involved using a lot of graphics programmes. Jim produced computer animations of the plasma on 16mm cine-film.
Jim joined the Irish Met Service (as it then was) in 1977 and trained in Rosslare Harbour, Shannon and CAFO, Dublin, before being transferred to the Research Division in 1979. He worked on various projects and systems but probably his most memorable work, from an international point of view, was on computer graphics for meteorology. He started by writing programmes to plot meteorological observations and draw contour maps, which more or less duplicated work already done at various other met services, but later developed an interactive system for displaying meteorological charts, called CHARTS. This had a user friendly command processor and he was invited to work at ECMWF for 3 months in 1983 implementing and extending this command processor.
A year after returning from ECMWF he was approached by the WMO, on the recommendation of ECMWF, to provide graphics for a development project that was installing an MSS (message switching system) and graphics system in various developing countries. The Irish Met Service agreed to donate the system to the project and Jim personally installed it in various countries as part of this UNDP programme. He also donated the graphics to some other countries under other WMO co-operation schemes. Eventually he installed his graphics programmes in the following countries: Turkey, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Jordan, Algeria, South Korea and Oman. He also gave his programmes to Hong Kong and Mexico.
The original CHARTS programme was command driven but eventually he ported it to a graphical GUI interface and the new version was called xcharts. It ran on the X windows system. The CHARTS/xcharts programmes served Met Eireann well for a period of roughly 30 years. Over that period the system was continually refined and improved and it saw various generations of computer hardware.
Prof. Peter Lynch
Prof. Fedor Mesinger
Fedor Mesinger is a Visiting Senior Research Scientist at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) of the University of Maryland, and is the PI of the long-term Numerical Simulation of Weather and Climate project of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade. He is one of the two main designers of the NCEP's Eta model (e.g., http://etamodel.cptec.inpe.br/), and in the early two-thousands at NCEP was the lead PI of the five-year North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) project. He is active in numerical modeling, model verification, and regional climate studies. Previously, Fedor worked at the University of Belgrade, where he spent about half of his career in various academic positions; and during that time also had longer-term visiting positions at NCAR, Boulder CO, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, and GFDL, Princeton, NJ. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, and is the recipient of the Vilhelm Bjerknes medal of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) for 2001. He has a doctorate in meteorology from the University of Belgrade, and is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade.
Dr Aodhagán Roddy
Following an M.Sc. in Physics at University College Galway, Aodhagán carried out postgraduate work at the University of Edinburgh and postdoctoral research at the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University. He lectured in the Department of Physics, NUI Galway until his retirement. His main research interests were in the areas of cloud physics (more recently, mesospheric clouds) and atmospheric methane. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy's Committee on Climate Change (including a period as chairman), the Academy's Geosciences Committee and the Irish National Committee for the International Year of Planet Earth. Dr Aodhagán Roddy was among the Founder members of the Irish Meteorological Society in 1981 and served as its President for a record 7 years. He made a significant voluntary contribution to the activities of the Irish Meteorological Society for over 30 years. He stepped down as IMS President in March 2011 but stayed on the committee. He died suddenly at home in Galway on Friday, 21st October 2011.
1977-1981 High school degree mechanical engineer (University Luxembourg); 1981-1983 Training for aeronautical forecasters (Airport Luxembourg); 1983-1984 Forecaster school DWD (Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany); Since 1983 aeronautical forecaster for the meteorological and climatological office at the airport Luxembourg; Since 1999 representing the Luxembourg Met Service at the WGCEF (Working Group on Cooperation of European Forecasters); Since 2010 Head of the Luxembourg Meteorological National Service.
Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA and a Master of Science degree in meteorology from Rutgers University,The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. He has been an air pollution meteorologist for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in Richmond, Virginia, USA since 1983, specializing in daily air quality forecasting for specific cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a past president of the Central Virginia Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr Tony Scott
Dr Tony Scott is a Physics graduate from UCD where he also carried out research on the roles of ions and aerosols in the atmosphere for his M.Sc., and PhD degrees.He joined the staff of the Physics Department in UCD and later he served as Dean of the Faculty of Science. He was subsequently appointed Director of Public Affairs for the University.
Interested in the promotion and understanding of science for young people he founded the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in 1965. He was a President of the Irish Met. Society for 2 years (1990-1991) and also served as President of the Royal Dublin Society for the period 2007-2010.