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Our best hearty wishes to one of us: George Robertson for his 100 years birthday!!!!

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Our best hearty wishes to one of us: George Robertson for his 100 years birthday!!!!

Our best hearty wishes to one of us: George Robertson for his 100 years birthday!!!!

George Wilber Robertson


Personal: Born December 20, 1914, Strome, Alberta, Canada; Son of Joseph D. and Elizabeth Mayme (Petrie) Robertson (both deceased); married Lucille Eileen Dave (deceased 2010); Father of Shirley Leila (Robertson) MacMillan and Glenn Petrie Robertson.

Education: M.A., Physics and Meteorology, University of Toronto, 1948; B.Sc., Mathematics and Physics, University of Alberta, 1939.

Career: Worked on contracts with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in developing countries in Southeast Asia, Indian Sub-Continent, the Caribbean and East Africa, 1969; Chief of Agrometeorological Section, Research Branch, Canadian Department of Agriculture, 1954; Research Meteorologist, Central Analyses Office, Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), Ottawa, 1950; Aviation and Public Weather Forecaster, MSC, Edmonton, 1945; Officer-in-Charge of Meteorological Section, No. 2 Air Observer School,  of British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), Edmonton, 1940; Meteorological Assistant (at the height of the depression and before graduation), Edmonton, 1938.

Influences: As a teenager, he learned about the effect of climate and daily weather variations including crop production and agricultural economics on his home farm; two of his university professors were interested in problems concerning weather variability and climate; the need for meteorological services by the newly inaugurated Trans-Canada Airlines (TCA); an invitation to serve on Soil-Climate Sub-Committee of Alberta Soil Survey Group, where he became aware of the need for meteorological and climatic research services by the agricultural industry in Canada.

Organization Memberships: Edmonton Center for Royal Astronomical Society (RASC); American Meteorological Society (AMS), Boston; Royal Meteorological Society, London (fellow); Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC); Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA); International Society of Biometeorology (ISB); Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA) (charter member); Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); New York Academy of Sciences; Canadian Society of Agrometeorology (CSA) (fellow).

Honors and Awards: Honoree, Baier and Robertson Symposium on Modeling and Measurement of Soil Water Content, organized by CSA and Canadian Soil Science Society (CSSS), 1995; John Patterson Medal, Environment Canada - Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC/CMOS), 1990; Accredited as Consulting Meteorologist, CMS/CMOS, 1987; Award in Applied Meteorology, Canadian Meteorological Society (CMS/CMOS), 1966; Darton Prize, Royal Meteorological Society (RMS), 1955; President's Prize, Canadian Branch of the Royal  Meteorological Society (RMS), 1952.

Personal Interest: Since retiring in the ‘70s, his love of learning hasn’t waned. He remains a member of a number of scientific societies, including the Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography Society (CMOS) , the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and continues to follow the online activities of the International Society for Agricultural Meteorology Information (INSAM) at

He maintains a genealogy web site for his and related families at

He also continues to refine and develop new computer programs on his desk top computer using the Qbasic programming language. His most recent effort is a game called Digital Checkers which he developed using QBasic. In 2011, at the age of 97 and in cooperation with his nephew Laurie Davis M.Sc. ‘78 U. of A., this program was turned into a gaming app for Apple mobile devices called CheX Challenger.




sMail: AMICA at Westboro Park, 619-491 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 1G4, Canada.


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