In Transit: From Meterology to Atmospheric Science, 1900-1960
|Starts:||13:00 21 Mar 2014|
|Ends:||14:00 21 Mar 2014|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Prof James Fleming|
This seminar is about the historical future as atmospheric researchers envisioned it in the early decades of the twentieth century, from the era of Marconi wireless and the Wright flier to digital computing and the TIROS weather satellite. It maps the history of weather studies and charts the pathways by which meteorology became atmospheric science.
A 1960 planning document crowed optimistically, "Our goal is to portray everything atmospheric, everywhere, always." In their own ways and in their own eras, the protagonists in this story would have agreed.
This presentation combines intimate story telling with big picture historiography, introducing a methodology intended to be interesting and useful for historians of all stripes.
Prof James Fleming
Organisation: Colby College
Travel and Contact Information
Lecture Theatre D