Sir Robert Frederic Stupart

Sir Robert Frederic Stupart, meteorologist (b at Aurora, Canada W 24 Oct 1857; d at Toronto 27 Sept 1940). A pioneer in METEOROLOGY, Stupart's career spanned 6 decades. He was first Canadian-born director of the national meteorological service 1894-1929 and led the expansion of the service throughout the West and into the North as telegraph and radio communication became available for transmitting weather data and forecasts. Employed by the service when he was 15, Stupart learned meteorology on the job and prepared the first public weather forecasts in 1876. As director, he was the first Canadian to participate in the activities of the International Meteorological Organization. A fellow of the RSC, he was knighted in 1916.