A Director for the New Observatory

P. Kevin MacKeown

in Early China Coast Meteorology

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028856
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206878 | DOI:
A Director for the New Observatory

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This chapter examines the history of the selection of the founding director of the Hong Kong Observatory. It suggests that the history of the role of the founding director of the new observatory is as much an integral part of the story of its establishment as the history of the role of the political machinations that attended its planning, and the infrastructural developments necessary for its realization. The chapter provides information on the professional background of August William Doberck, the founding director the observatory who served as the institution's leader for twenty-four years.

Keywords: Hong Kong Observatory; founding director; August William Doberck; political machinations; observatory

Chapter.  7877 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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