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William “Leon” Dale, early Monash geographer, 1917-2014

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William Leon Dale worked in the Monash Department of Geography (as it was then called) from 1964 to until his retirement in 1982.  Prior to coming to Monash he studied the climate of Malaya, including a well-cited 1956 article on “wind and drift currents in the South China Sea”.  He joined Monash as a Senior Lecturer and its first climatologist, and was occasionally Acting Head of the Department of Geography.  His interests included climatology, meteorology and surveying.  Projects included microclimatology of eucalypt forests near Daylesford (Barkstead) and climate variation in Bunyip State Forest.  He passed away last week, aged 96; a brief obituary was published here.