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Axford, David Norman free

Axford, David Norman free

PhD; CMet, CEng, FIET

Born 14 June 1934; s of Norman Axford and Joy Alicia Axford (née Williams); m 1st, 1962, Elizabeth Anne (née Stiles) (marr. diss. 1980); one s two d; 2nd, 1980, Diana Rosemary Joan (née Bufton); three step s one step d

international consultant meteorologist; Adviser to Earthwatch Europe, Oxford, 1996–2000


Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge; Plymouth Coll.; St John’s Coll., Cambridge (Baylis Open Scholarship in Maths; BA 1956, MA 1960, PhD (Met.) 1972); MSc (Electronics) Southampton 1963; Advanced Dip., 2004, Dip., 2006 (English Local Hist.), Oxford Univ. FIET (FIEE, CEng 1982)


Entered Met. Office, 1958; Flying Officer, RAF, 1958–60; Meteorological Office: Forecasting and Research, 1960–68; Met. Research Flight, and Radiosondes, 1968–76; Operational Instrumentation, 1976–80; Telecommunications, 1980–82; Dep. Dir, Observational Services, 1982–84; Dir of Services, 1984–89; Dep. Sec.-Gen., WMO, 1989–95; Special Exec. Advr to Sec.-Gen., WMO, 1995. Chm., Cttee on Operational World Weather Watch Systems Evaluation, N Atlantic (CONA), 1985–89. Pres., N Atlantic Observing Stations (NAOS) Bd, 1983–86; Vice Pres., RMetS, 1989–91 (Mem. Council and Hon. Gen. Sec., 1983–88; Mem., 1998–2004, Chm., 1999–2004, Accreditation Bd); European Meteorological Society: Chm., Accreditation Cttee, 2001–06; Vice Pres. and Treas., 2002–05. British Association of Former UN Civil Service: Mem., Exec. Cttee, 1996–; Vice Chm., 1998–99; Chm., 1999–2004, 2009–10; Vice-Pres., 2004–. Clerk/Correspondent of Trustees, Stanford-in-the-Vale Public Purposes Charity, 2002–18 (Chm., 2000–02); Chm., Stanford-in-the-Vale Local and Dist History Soc., 2004–13 (Hon. Mem., 2013–); Mem. and Trustee, Stanford-in-the-Vale Village Hall Mgt Cttee, 2010–15. Trustee: Thames Valley Hospice, 1996–98; Friends of the Ridgeway, 2008–15; Trustee and Mem. Cttee, Berkshire Local Hist. Assoc., 2016–18. L. G. Groves 2nd Meml Prize for Met., 1970


(contrib.) History of the Meteorological Office, 2012; papers in learned jls on met. and aspects of met. instrumentation in GB and USA; articles on local history


home and garden, music, travel, good food, family history research, local English history, twelve grandchildren, two great grandsons, creating a family web-site


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