Gentilli, J. (Joseph) (1912-)

Also known as
Gentilli, Joseph (1912-)
Gentilli, Joseph Hefetz (1912-2002)
Field of activity
Climatologist and Geographer
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Biographies

Joseph Hefetz Gentilli was a key figure in Australian climatology and an equally capable geographer. Gentilli migrated to Australia as a war refugee in 1939 and soon gained employment as a lecturer in statistics at the University of Western Australia (1940). He remained at the University for over fifty years and was founder of its Department of Geography. Gentilli was one of the first to report on the Northwest Cloudbands which originate over the Indian Ocean and occasionally blow across Australia, sometimes bringing with them widespread rain and storms to the south. He also made some of the earliest studies of Western Australia's climate records looking for evidence of changes which may have influenced an increase in soil salinity (1952) and in 1977 was part of a world panel of climatologists who examined the phenomenon of climate change and its possible impacts. Joseph Gentilli published widely, in four different languages, and received many honours and awards including an appointment as a Commander Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He was also involved in many professional scientific bodies, was President of the Geographical Society of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

  • 1934 Education - Doctorate in Political Science completed at the University of Venice Economics Institute in Italy
  • 1934 - 1935 Career position - Junior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Florence
  • 1935 - c. 1936 Life event - Evaded military service by disappearing 'over the mountains' and court-martialled on his return
  • 1939 - 1940 Career position - Lecturer of Statistics (part-time) at the University of Western Australia
  • 20 August 1939 Life event - Migrated to Australia (Fremantle, Western Australia)
  • 1940 - 1942 Career position - Lecturer in Economics at the University of Western Australia
  • 1941 - ? Career position - Lectured in Geography and introduced Economic Geography to the University of Western Australia
  • 1969 Award - Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  • 1977 - c. 1997 Career position - Retired and appointed Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia
  • 1981 Education - Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Western Australia
  • 1988 - Award - Honorary Life Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers
  • 1993 Award - John Lewis Gold Medal received from the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia
  • 1996 Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • 1998 Award - Griffith Taylor Medal received from the Institute of Australian Geographers
  • 1998 Career position - Keynote Speaker at the Australia New Zealand Climate Forum in Perth

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  1. Climates of Australia and New Zealand / edited by J. Gentill
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At 53 libraries
    Climates of Australia and New Zealand / edited by J. Gentill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.552)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.552)

  2. Australian climate patterns / J. Gentilli
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At 50 libraries
    Australian climate patterns / J. Gentilli
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.431)

  3. Sun, climate and life / [by] J. Gentilli. Edited by W. K. Birrell
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1968-1971 ]
    At 28 libraries
    Sun, climate and life / [by] J. Gentilli. Edited by W. K. Birrell
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.62)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.62)

  4. A geography of climate / by J. Gentilli
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1952-1978 ]
    At 19 libraries
    A geography of climate / by J. Gentilli
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.961)

  5. Western landscapes / editor: J. Gentilli
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Western landscapes / editor: J. Gentilli
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.905)

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  6. Natural history specimens : their collection and preservation / prepared by members of the Western Australian Naturalists' Club ; edited by J. Gentilli
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1977 ]
    At 21 libraries
    Natural history specimens : their collection and preservation / prepared by members of the Western Australian Naturalists' Club ; edited by J. Gentilli
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  7. Australian climates and resources / by J. Gentilli ; with a foreword by E. deCourcy Clarke
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1942-2014 ]
    At 23 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.083)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.083)

  8. A bibliography of metropolitan Perth / by J. Gentilli and D. Rumley
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1977 ]
    At 20 libraries
    A bibliography of metropolitan Perth / by J. Gentilli and D. Rumley
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.872)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.872)

  9. Natural history specimens : a handbook for naturalists / edited by J. Gentilli ; with the collaboration of members of the Western Australian Naturalists' Club
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1951-1961 ]
    At 10 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.747)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.747)

  10. The South-west / by J. Gentilli
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-
    [ Book : 1957 ]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.727)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.727)

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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Joseph Gentilli, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. The professional papers (1965-1999) of Dr Leonard James Webb. climatology (Gentilli)
    [ Published : 1965-1999 ]
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  3. Papers relating to the publication of the Australian Encyclopaedia
    Chisholm, Alec H. (Alec Hugh), 1890-1977
    [ Unpublished : 1948-1963 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.703)

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  1. Australian climates
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  2. Physical geography for secondary schools / J. Gentilli
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  3. [Letter from Father E.J. Stormon to Dr Joseph Gentilli, 19 February 1983 re 1852 Naples edition of Bishop Salvado's Memorie and other discussion on Salvado in Italy and W.A.]
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    At WA State Library
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  4. The twilight of Australian jewry / by Dr. J. Gentilli
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  1. LANG MINISTRY DISMISSED DEFIANCE OF ENFORCEMENT ACT DRAMATIC ACTION BY GOVERNOR MR. STEVENS MADE PREMIER WILL FORM EMERGENCY CABINET EARLY ELECTION PROBABLE
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    ... . Bruxner, Mr. E. A. Buttenshaw,         Mr. F. A. Chaffey, Mr. J. M. Dunningham,   ... ; Mr. W. F. Foster, Sir Daniel Levy, Mr. L. O. Martin, Mr. J. B. Shand, Mr. Other Cable News appears on ... 13032 words
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    The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Thursday 21 June 1945 p 1 Family Notices
    ... vell. PRITCHARD.-On June 19, at KEIH. ; to Nonie and Jack-a son. Both well. BIlMlER.-To Mr and Mrs J ... . Doug and family (Cunderdin). Some day we will understand, Bill. EBBS, Pte Lionel Joseph (Bill), AIF ... 9220 words
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    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 23 June 1866 p 7 Family Notices
    ... , by the   Rev. J. Nash, at Wangen, Edward Joseph Sparke, Esq., J.P.,         ... daughter. BARNESON—May 25th, at St. Leonards, North Shore, the wife of Captain J. Barneson, of a daughter ... 7249 words
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  2. [Narrative given by Professor Joseph Gentilli]
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-2000
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  3. The Canterbury tales / Geoffrey Chaucer ; translated into modern English by Nevill Coghill
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  1. Papers of Frederic William Eggleston
    Eggleston, F. W. (Frederic William), 1875-1954
    [ Unpublished : 1911-1954 ]
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  2. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln ... and the attempted assassination of William H. Seward, Secretary of State, and Frederick W. Seward, Assistant Secretary, on the evening of the 14th of April, 1865. Expressions of condolence and sympathy inspire...
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  1. Leaving geography, 1941-1955 / by J. Gentilli
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    [ Article : 1956 ]
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  2. Ethnic geography of Australia and Oceania / compiled by J. Gentilli
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-2000
    [ Article : 1952 ]
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  3. Visual aids in geography / by J. Gentilli and C.F. Makin
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    [ Article : 1952 ]
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  4. The Cockburn lowland / compiled by J. Gentilli and D.R. Scott
    Gentilli, J. (Joseph), 1912-2000
    [ Article : 1962 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.39)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.39)