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Government Astronomer or ‘Merely a Meteorological Observer’

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.003.0004
Government Astronomer or ‘Merely a Meteorological Observer’

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This chapter examines the problems of the Hong Kong Observatory during its early years. Though there was a huge potential for the appreciation of the meteorological study of the observatory's founding director August William Doberck, this potential was not realized. This chapter suggests that this may be because of Doberck's lack of total commitment to the subject and his adversarial attitude to the other players on the field. The chapter discusses his conflict with Father Marc Dechevrens, director of the Shanghai Observatory.

Keywords: Hong Kong Observatory; meteorological study; August William Doberck; Marc Dechevrens; Shanghai

Chapter.  14848 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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