WMO mourns passing of Salvador Alaimo

WMO mourns passing of Salvador Alaimo



29 September 2010
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WMO Second Vice-President (1987-1994) Salvador Alaimo passed away in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 19 September 2010, almost four months after undergoing pre-scheduled heart surgery from which he never fully recovered.

Commodore Salvador Alaimo was born in the city of San Juan (Argentina) on 2 January 1934. After graduating from the Argentine Air Force Academy, he was commissioned to the USA to study meteorology with the US Air Force, receiving a M.Sc. in Professional Meteorology from Saint Louis University (Missouri).

He served most of his career with the National Meteorological Service of Argentina, where he was appointed Director-General at the end of 1982.

During this period he often provided on-board meteorological support on Antarctic flights, including a 1973 transpolar flight to Antarctic Base Marambio, Australia and New Zealand which led to the establishing of a commercial transpolar regular service by the Argentine national carrier.

Commodore Alaimo was elected to the WMO Executive Council in 1983 by the IXth World Meteorological Congress. Subsequently, the Xth Congress elected him Second Vice-President in 1987 and he was re-elected as such in 1991 by the XIth Congress. Throughout this time he served in, and often chaired, a number of key WMO Executive Council working groups.

He retired from the NMS of Argentina at the end of 1993 but continued as Permanent Representative of his country and WMO Second Vice-President until mid-1994. 

He was also a life-long philatelist who focused primarily on meteorological and polar issues. His specialized philatelic web page can still be accessed at: 


On the Spanish version of his web page, he can be seen (on the right) launching the first ozonesonde at Base Marambio with the Finnish Ambassador to Argentina and the Permanent Representative of Finland with WMO, Erkki Jatila, in November 1988.

Those wishing to contact his family may do so through his son Rodolfo Alaimo:


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