Born: 2 Feb 1935, Summerside, Prince Edward Island
Died: 7 Jun 2002, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Needler played important roles in the development of Canadian oceanography. As a founding member of BIO, he helped shape its scientific program. He also served as Head, Ocean Circulation Division at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) from 1975 to 1978 and as Director, Atlantic Oceanographic Laboratory from 1978 to 1985. After his return to BIO in 1991, he served on the Canadian Global Change Planning Board and its Research/Policy Committee and facilitated the development of an initial Canadian plan for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
In 1985, Needler was elected to the Royal Society of Canada both for his pioneering contributions to ocean circulation theory and also for his leadership applying his scientific knowledge to the understanding of societal issues.
George Needler (see pg 89)