NZer Weather Forcaster for D-Day Landing; Susan Wilson; 2011; 2015.015


NZer Weather Forcaster for D-Day Landing

About this object

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, with help of Wellington's Nikau Foundation and the Friends of the NZPG, the Gallery has acquired this, the only known portrait of Dr. Hogben.
Painted by the expatriate New Zealand Artist, Susan Wilson, the painting was an entry in the NZPG Adam Portrait Award 2012, which toured New Zealand.

During World War II, New Zealander, Dr. Lawrence Hogben was one of six Royal Navy Meteorologists that worked as a team to produce what would prove to be one of the most significant forecasts in modern history, declaring 6 June 1944 suitable for the Allied attack.


Susan Wilson

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Medium and Materials

Oil on Board


46 x 35 cm

Subject and Association Keywords

Hogben, Lawrence

Subject and Association Description

Dr. George Lawrence Hogben DSC, US Bronze Star, RNZN

George Lawrence Hogben was born in Auckland in 1916. He studied mathematics at Auckland University, graduating as the top mathematics student in the country, before being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at New College Oxford in 1938.

Hogben's studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, and after briefly training at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, he joined the HMS Sheffield as Lieutenant Commander: training officer, intelligence officer and meteorologist. After over three years at sea, Lawrence was awarded the first Distinguished Service Cross ever given to a Royal Navy Instructor Officer.

Later, working in a team of six meteorologists advising General Dwight Eisenhower on weather forecasts for the Allies D-Day landing he was instrumental in the decision to delay the proposed invasion originally planned for the disastrously stormy 5 June 1994. The invasion went ahead the following day.

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