Reference numberMDA/C/10/3
Alternative reference number18B(ii) 1947
Previous numbersC.2.3
TitleCorrespondence of the Gassiot Committee
DescriptionCorrespondence on membership and business of the Gassiot Committee, including the administration of the Gassiot Fund, including meeting agendas and reports.

Correspondents include K.R. Ramanathan, Director General of Observatories; D.C. Martin, Assistant Secretary; Gordon Miller Bourne Dobson; Dr. Ernest Gold; R.W. Ditchburn; Professor E.D. Adrian, Foreign Secretary, Royal Society; N.N. Johnson; Alfred Charles Glyn Egerton, Secretary, Royal Society; W.C. Price; E.H. Krause, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington [USA]; Professor D. Brunt; George C. Simpson; E.J. Salisbury; J. Gordon, Secretary, Economic Department, Commonwealth Relations Office; Archie M. Palmer, National Research Council; R.W. Wood, John Hopkins University, Maryland [USA]; Thomas George Cowling; Sir George P. Thomson; Dr. J. Gauzit; P.A. Sheppard; R.W.B. Pearse; C.A. Stevens, Ministry of Supply; C.S. Piggot; Herbert Dingle.

Includes discussion of: the thanks of the Atmospheric Research Committee for the copies of the Gassiot Committee's report on Post-War research in pure meteorology; circulation of the reports of the observatories at Kew, Eskdalemuir and Valencia; 'Light of the Night Sky' conference, including funds to cover travelling and accomodation expenses; meteorological work done by Professor Regener in Germany, 1 March 1947; Ditchburn's efforts to obtain a grating for the vacuum spectroscropy research being carried on under the Gassiot Committee; expenditure of the Air Ministry grant in 1946-1947 and whether the ministry have paid the £4000 for the year beginning 1 April 1947; resignation of Dobson from the Gassiot Committee; the value of establishing an ozone station in Spitzbergen; the decision of Professor Paneth to stay in Sub-committee A; the recommendation to equip and operate three new ozone stations in the United Kingdom, located at Aldergrove, Penzance and Downham Market, with ozone-spectrophotometers to be installed; summary of a talk by R Tansey, J D Purcell, J J Oberly, F S Johnson and E Durand on "Ozone distribution from a V2 rocket', delivered at the Washington meeting of the American Meteorological Society, 7 June 1937; Dobson's conversation with the Air Minister, citing lack of scientific man power rather than lack of funds as the key issue for research output, with Dobson proposing universities appointing Readerships or Lectureships on the subject; salaries of workers in connection with the programme of the Gassiot Committee, 13-15 August 1947; the deletion of the sentence referring to the Committee's role as advisor to the Secretary of State for India on matters concerning meteorological work in India, with reference to the history of this connection and their continued interest in such work in India and Pakistan; observations in the upper air; arrangements for meetings of sub-committee A and C of the Gassiot Committee, February 1948; 1948 annual reports of Kew and Eskdalemuir observatories; a research grant request to be placed by Cowling, July 1948; circulation of the paper by R M Goody, 'The Thermal Equilibrium at the Tropause and the Temperature of the Lower Stratosphere'; nomination of O G Sutton, P A Shepphard, F A Paneth and Sir Charles Normand to the committee; thanks for the service of for Sir Geoffrey Taylor, Lord Cherwell, Sir George Thomson; resignation of Sir George P Thomson and Professor Sutherland; acceptance of the President of the Royal Meteorological Society to serve ex officio on the Gassiot Committee, 3 November 1949; the US Air Force Project Rand report; decision of the Air Ministry to continue the Grant-in-Aid to the Gassiot Committee for five years from 1 April 1951 at the rate of £5000 per annum, 16 October 1950 arrangements for a meeting of the committee in June 1951; resignation of Herbert Dingle, 8 May 1951; thanks for the service of Sir Edward Appleton, 4 Jan 1951; agenda and circulated documents for a meeting on 5 June 1951; Gassiot Committee grant summary 1953/1954.

Also contains a draft report by the Gassiot Committee about radiation equilibrium of the upper atmosphere for the year ending 31 March 1947; Gassiot Committee memorandum entitled 'Ozone Stations in the United Kingdom', 28 April 1947; minutes of the Gassiot Committee meeting on 5 May 1947; annual reports of the Kew and Eskdalemuir observatories for the year ending 31 March 1947; draft minutes of the Gassiot Committee, 6 November 1947; draft report by the Gassiot Committee about radiation equilibrium of the upper atmosphere for the year ending 31 March 1949; Report to the Council of the Pacific Science Association by the Chairman of the Division for the Organization of Research, 22 February 1949; draft minutes of the Gassiot Committee Sub-Committee B, 3 December 1946; summary of the US Air Force Project Rand report, "Analysis of Temperature, Pressure and Density of the Atmosphere Extending to Extreme Altitudes", 26 July 1949; reports of the Gassiot Subcommittee A by Dobson and B by H S W Massey, 30 May 1951; minutes of the Gassiot Committee meeting on 12 June 1950.
Extent1 file
Typescript copy
Physical descriptionOn paper
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7033Dobson; Gordon Miller Bourne (1889 - 1976)1889 - 1976
NA6378Gold; Ernest (1881 - 1976)1881 - 1976
NA6618Adrian; Edgar Douglas (1889 - 1977); 1st Baron Adrian of Cambridge; physiologist1889 - 1977
NA8212Egerton; Sir; Alfred Charles Glyn (1886 - 1959); chemist1886 - 1959
NA601Cowling; Thomas George (1906 - 1990)1906 - 1990
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