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LAWRENCE HOGBEN

New Zealand & New College 1938 (14 April 1916 - 20 January 2015)

LAWRENCE HOGBEN

After reading for his degree in Mathematics whilst at Oxford, Dr Hogben joined the navy at the outbreak of the Second World War. His most crucial role during the war was as one of the meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather which would allow the Allies to launch D-Day. “It took courage for us to say ‘No’ on June 5; and it took courage to forecast ‘Yes’ for June 6. I was scared, I think we all were, of getting it wrong . . . we knew we were making history,” said Dr Hogben when looking back on events. After the war, he worked for the Rank Organisation as a meteorologist and two years later joined ICI, taking responsibility for public affairs across Europe. He was awarded the DSC and the American Bronze Star.