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Dr Fred Bushby
Fred Bushby graduated in mathematics from Imperial College, London, in 1944 and joined the RAF Meteorological Branch. In 1948, he joined the Meteorological Office and started doing numerical weather prediction in 1950. He wrote numerical simulations using EDSAC and the Ferranti Mark 1 at Manchester. This led to the construction of a 3-level geostrophic model, introduced in 1959 when the Meteorological Office acquired its own Ferranti Mercury computer.
He went on to develop an advanced 10-level primitive-equation model. This was designed to predict the development of fronts and make the first quantitative forecast of precipitation on a fine mesh 100km horizontal grid, exploiting the power of the Chilton ATLAS.
He retired in 1984.
Some papers relating to the weather forecasting model developed by Fred are:
- A Ten-Level Atmospheric Model for Forecasting Rain, G R R Benwell
- How weathermen distinguish scattered showers from steady rain, A J Gadd
See also a news story from 1967.