Svenn Orvig Upon graduating, he had personal and professional 1920-199 8 reasons for returning to Canada, so he came back in 1949, intending to take a jo b with the Canadian Me- Svenn Orvig, whose teorological Service in Toronto. On a brief stopover close association with in Montreal, he met by chance McGill geography pro- meteorology at McGill fessor Kenneth Hare, who convinced him that his dual Universit y spanned talents as pilot and meteorologist would be put to much nearl y half a century, better use on an upcoming Arctic research expedition die d 28 May 1998 in than behind a desk in Toronto. Thus it was that he en- Kingston, Ontario. tered the graduate program at McGill in climatology. Born in Bergen, Nor- He helped to organize two major expeditions to Baffin Island, gaining experience in instrumentation, synop- way, on 4 August 1920, his tic meteorology, and micrometeorology. When he early life was shaped by the earned his master's degree in 1951 he was appointed north and the sea. Orvig assistant director of the Arctic Institute of North grew up with sailing and skiing in his blood and was America. With a career well-launched, he and Winkie
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1998
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