necrologies James M. Austin As a forecaster during World War II, Austin served 1915-200 0 as a consultant to the U.S. Army Air Forces' weather service in Europe. He was distinguished by his roles James M. Austin, Mas- in detecting weather conditions that permitted the fi- sachusett s Institute of nal bombardment of Cherbourg, France, the landing Technology (MIT) pro- of airborne troops on Normandy on the morning of D- fessor emeritus, died 26 Day, and finally by his role in the movement of ad- Novembe r 2000 at vance mobile weather stations across northern France. Emerson Hospital in Con- In 1946, President Truman awarded Austin the Medal cord, Massachusetts. He of Freedom for his civilian wartime services. was 85. Austin was professor of meteorology at MIT from Born in Dunedin, New 1941 to 1983, and from 1956 to 1983 he served as di- Zealand, Austin graduated from Otago University in rector of summer session at MIT. A former secretary 1935. He received his master's degree in mathemat- of the AMS and a member of the American Academy ics from the University of New Zealand in 1936 and of Arts and Sciences, Austin was noted for his work his
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