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Jesuits' Contribution to Meteorology

Agustín UdíasDepartamento de Geoffsica y Meteorología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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Starting in the middle of the nineteenth century, as part of their scientific tradition, Jesuits founded a considerable number of meteorological observatories throughout the world. In many countries, Jesuits established and maintained the first meteorological stations during the period from 1860 to 1950. The Jesuits' most important contribution to atmospheric science was their pioneer work related to the study and forecast of tropical hurricanes. That research was carried out at observatories of Belén (Cuba), Manila (Philippines), and Zikawei (China). B. Viñes, M. Dechevrens, J. Algué, and C. E. Deppermann stood out in this movement.

Corresponding author address: Prof. Agustín Udías, Departamento de Geofísica y Meteorología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, 28040 Madrid, Spain. E-mail: figeo12@sis.ucm.es

Starting in the middle of the nineteenth century, as part of their scientific tradition, Jesuits founded a considerable number of meteorological observatories throughout the world. In many countries, Jesuits established and maintained the first meteorological stations during the period from 1860 to 1950. The Jesuits' most important contribution to atmospheric science was their pioneer work related to the study and forecast of tropical hurricanes. That research was carried out at observatories of Belén (Cuba), Manila (Philippines), and Zikawei (China). B. Viñes, M. Dechevrens, J. Algué, and C. E. Deppermann stood out in this movement.

Corresponding author address: Prof. Agustín Udías, Departamento de Geofísica y Meteorología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, 28040 Madrid, Spain. E-mail: figeo12@sis.ucm.es
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