|Chairman of the State Services Commission|
|Prime Minister||Sir Robert Muldoon, David Lange|
|Preceded by||Dr. Robin M. Williams CB. CBE. MA. PHD HONLLD|
|Succeeded by||Dr. Roderick Deane|
|Born||30 April 1924
|Died||17 April 2010
BeachHaven Hospital, Auckland
Probine joined the DSIR as a draughtsman in 1942. He obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Leeds. In 1967, he was appointed Director of the Physics and Engineering Laboratory (PEL), and then ten years later, was promoted to Assistant Director-General. Probine joined the State Services Commission in 1979.
Probine was the Chairman of the State Services Commission when the Official Information Act 1982 was passed and when the Equal Employment Opportunities Unit (EEOU) was set up. The EEOU was in charge of promoting access to employment opportunities for ethnic minorities, women, and the disabled, and monitoring these across the New Zealand public service.
He was born in Auckland, and married Marjorie Walker in 1949. They had two children.
- Notable New Zealanders (1979, Paul Hamblyn, Auckland)