Victor Antonovich Bugaev

Victor Antonovich Bugaev

Victor Antonovich Bugaev (6.10.1908 – 02.04.1974) is a distinguished scientist and administrator in meteorology, laureate of state and international awards and prizes, including the IMO Award for achievements in meteorology and contribution to the planning of the World Weather Watch (1972).

Victor Antonovich Bugaev

Geneva, September 1972. Upon receipt of the IMO Award Victor Bugaev delivers a speech to express his appreciation for the recognition of his contribution to meteorology and planning of the World Weather Watch

In 1930, V.A. Bugaev graduated from the Physics and Mathematics Department of Smolensk University. Then he worked as physicist-synoptician, was the Director of the Novosibirsk Weather Bureau and then of the Weather Bureau of Tashkent. During that period, V.A. Bugaev, in cooperation with V.A. Giorgio, classified synoptic processes in the Central Asia, which was adopted as standard for the regional synoptic research. He also was member of the Physics faculty at the Central Asian University. He planned many expeditions for scientists and students. His activities laid the foundations for the Central Asian school of synoptic meteorology. In 1957–1958, Victor Bugaev take over the leadership of the aerometeorological mobile group of the Third Soviet Antarctic expedition. He carried out the first climatic zoning of Antarcticа and investigated the impacts of the Antarctic Continent on the atmospheric circulation of the Southern Hemisphere.

In 1959, Victor Bugaev was appointed Director of the Central Forecasting Institute. In 1961, he defended his doctorate thesis entitled Research of Dynamic Climatology of the Central Asia. In 1965, V.A. Bugaev became the Director of the Hydrometeorological Scientific Research Center of the USSR. In 1966, he became a full member of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences.

Victor Bugaev worked in the international committee under the WMO World Weather Research Programme (WWRP). In cooperation with a famous American meteorologist G. Veksler and M.A. Alaka from the WMO Secretariat, he developed the international project World Weather Watch (WWW), which was endorsed at the IV Congress of WMO in 1963. The main tasks and the structure of the WWW remain unchanged to this day, and the project provides basis for operative weather forecasting to the WMO Members.

In 1972, V.A. Bugaev became honorary member of the American Meteorological Society.

In 1973, V.A. Bugaev was selected to serve as the Chairperson of the Department of Meteorology and Climatology of the Geography Department at the Moscow State University n.a. Lomonosov. In 1962–1974, V.A. Bugaev was editor-in-chief of Meteorology and Hydrology magazine that still regularly publishes materials on the major issues and achievements of the Russian and global meteorology.

Victor Bugaev authored more than 170 papers. In his last paper entitled Latest Developments in Weather Forecasting Victor Bugaev identified major pathways for the future development of hydrometeorological services. Numerical weather forecasts, satellite observations, automation of the full cycle of meteorological data collection and processing currently are the most essential in the development of theory and practice in weather forecasting.

Victor Antonovich Bugaev

Victor Bugaev’s International Meteorological Organization Award certificate