Luke Howard's original rain guage

Made:
1818
maker:
Richard & George Knight
designer:
Luke Howard

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Bottle and funnel from Luke Howard's original rain gauge, made by Richard & George Knight, 45 Foster Lane, Cheapside, London, 1818

By taking daily observations of temperature, rainfall, atmospheric pressure and wind direction, Luke Howard became a pioneer of urban climate studies. Howard collected data using specially made instruments, commissioning this rain gauge, one of the earliest of its type, from the London-based instrument-makers Richard and George Knight. Howard's observations for the period 1807-1830 were published in successive editions of 'The Climate of London' - arguably the first textbook on weather recording and climatology.

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Details

Category:
Meteorology
Object Number:
1902-86/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cork, glass, sealing wax
type:
rain-gauge
credit:
Mrs. G.G. Graves.

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