General Meeting: August 2022

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Meeting Agenda:

  • Public Lecture: Sir Charles Todd: The professional life and contributions of the South Australian pioneer by Mac Benoy
  • The Sky this Month: Highlights
  • ASSA Dinner & Awards Night 2022: Highlights
  • Upcoming Events & Announcements
  • Close by 9:30pm

Sir Charles Todd: The professional life and contributions of the South Australian pioneer

by Mac Benoy, Australian Meteorological Association

AbstractThe focus of the presentation is on the professional life of Sir Charles Todd, a South Australian pioneer who made a major contribution to Australia's scientific and technological foundations. In his 49 years of public service (1856-1905), he worked across colonial astronomy, meteorology, telegraphy, electrical engineering, spatial systems, horology, telephony and the postal system. He was an intellectual giant and a recognised corporate leader who, in his latter years played a key role in the STEM committee work that was part process of Federation in 1901.

Mac's presentation will cover all these topics and offer a contemporary view of Todd as technology entrepreneur and an early example of South Australia's passion for advanced technology as a driver of State development.

More info: The Sesquicentenary of the Overland Telegraph

Bio: Mac Benoy's career was in business information systems in private enterprise, State Government and as a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia. Since 2007, Mac has been running a citizen science team hosted by the Bureau of Meteorology. The focus of the team is to rescue our climate history dating back to early European settlement. Its work is done as part of the global ACRE project coordinated by the British Met. Office. The team has imaged 110,000 pages of written data and synoptic charts and has lodged over 600,000 data points with international databanks. The data is used to benchmark climate change analysis. The team has worked in a research capacity with climate academics at the ANU and University of Melbourne.

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Wednesday 03 Aug 2022

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Braggs Lecture Theatre (University of Adelaide) and Online

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