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Author MacKeown, P. K

Title Early China coast meteorology : the role of Hong Kong / P. Kevin MacKeown
Published Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 289 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series
Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series.
Contents List of Figures; Foreword to the Series; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1 Nineteenth-Century Observatories; 2 An Observatory for Hong Kong; 3 A Director for the New Observatory; 4 Government Astronomer or 'Merely a Meteorological Observer'; 5 Universal Dissatisfaction; 6 Typhoon Studies; 7 A Jesuit Conspiracy!; 8 A New Age; Appendix A A Gazeteer; Appendix B Hong Kong Observatory Publications; Appendix C Publications of John I. Plummer; Appendix D Publications of A.W. Doberck; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Numerous personality clashes and financial and other intrigues surrounded the early efforts to set up an Observatory in Hong Kong. Blending personalities, politics and practicalities of studying the weather, this entertaining book provides valuable and informative insights into the public and private controversies growing out of responses to and responsibilities involved in the protection of life and property. This portrait is set firmly in the context of the history of Hong Kong as British colony on the China Coast and its role as a burgeoning commercial port within the trading complex of the Empire. It brings to life many of the people and institutions in Hong Kong and elsewhere on the development of meteorology on the China Coast
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-277) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hong Kong Observatory.
Hong Kong Observatory
Meteorology -- China -- Hong Kong
Meteorology -- China
NATURE -- Weather.
SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- Meteorology & Climatology.
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
China -- Hong Kong
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789888053759