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Early China Coast MeteorologyThe Role of Hong Kong$
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P. Kevin MacKeown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028856

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028856.001.0001

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Government Astronomer or ‘Merely a Meteorological Observer’

Government Astronomer or ‘Merely a Meteorological Observer’

(p.73) 4 Government Astronomer or ‘Merely a Meteorological Observer’
Early China Coast Meteorology

P. Kevin MacKeown

Hong Kong University Press

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

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