Papers of A.F. Gray
Typescript memoirs of A.F. Gray detailing his work as a Meteorological Officer in Northern Rhodesia / Zambia from 1951 to 1971.
- Creation: 1999
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.2322].
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 2081
Biographical / Historical
A.F. Gray was born in Bedford on the 20 February 1925 and educated at Bedford Modern School. In 1941 he joined the Air Ministry Meteorological Office as an assistant before joining the RAF in 1942. After being demobbed as a Corporal in 1947, he returned to the Meteorological Office as a civilian Meteorological Assistant. In circa 1948, after a period as a Junior Instructor at the Meteorological Office Training School, he was posted to Bournemouth Airport as Assistant-in-Charge and then, in mid 1948, was posted to Heathrow Airport in London.
In 1950 he joined the new Northern Rhodesia Meteorological Department and served in various locations including as Officer-in-Charge in Ndola from 1964 to 1971. He also took part in the Inquiry into the 1961 crash of the Swedish DC6 which killed, amongst others, the United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarsköljd.
Other Finding Aids
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by A.F. Gray on the 19 October 1999.
- Papers of A.F. Gray
- Marion Lowman
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