Shaw, Napier, 1854-1945

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Birth 1854-03-04
Death 1945-03-23

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Sir William Napier Shaw (1854-1945), meteorologist, was educated at King Edward VI's school, Birmingham, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took the natural sciences tripos. He was a fellow of Emmanuel, 1877-1906, and assistant director of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, 1898-1900. He was secretary of the Meteorological Council, 1900-1905, then director of the Meteorological Office, 1905-1920. He became professor of meteorology at the Royal College of Science in 1920 and worked there until 1924. Shaw's published works included Forecasting weather (1911) and the Manual of meteorology (4 vols., 1926-1931). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891 and knighted in 1915.

From the guide to the Sir William Napier Shaw: Correspondence and Papers, 19th - 20th century, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Sir William Napier Shaw (1854-1945), meteorologist, was educated at King Edward VI's school, Birmingham, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took the natural sciences tripos. He was a fellow of Emmanuel, 1877-1906, and assistant director of the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge, 1898-1900. He was secretary of the Meteorological Council, 1900-1905, then director of the Meteorological Office, 1905-1920. He became professor of meteorology at the Royal College of Science in 1920 and worked there until 1924. Shaw's published works included Forecasting weather (1911) and the Manual of meteorology (4 vols., 1926-1931). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891 and knighted in 1915.

From the guide to the Sir William Napier Shaw: Scientific Papers, 20th century, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

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