Meteorologists

Where do the weather reports and predictions come from? They come froma group of people who study the weather and its patterns to warn you about when you will need that umbrella. Meteorologists’ study and analyse weather conditions by using weather reports from the upper atmosphere, land and sea. Computerized and mathematical models have significant role in the prediction of weather by meteorologists. Organizations like transport services, armed forces, media and insurance companies employ meteorologists. Before they provide weather forecasts, meteorologists collect weather related data from radar, remote sensors, satellite images and weather stations. After that, they measure factors like temperature, humidity and air pressure in atmosphere. They also transmit their analysed data over international networks. The work of broadcast meteorologists includes interpreting and reporting weather condition for various types of media. Research meteorologists work for different government agencies. However not all of them work at weather stations, many of them meteorologists are employed by colleges and universities. One very interesting branch of this science is that of a forensic meteorologists which includes investigating claims for insurance companies on past weather. Consulting meteorologists serve to provide specialized information to private and public sectors. Climate meteorologists analyse long term weather pattern to predict weather report. Meteorological study has great importance on agriculture, air pollution, aviation, forestry, marine operations and conditions like ozone depletion and global warming. What follow are the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous meteorologists.

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 1 Gregor Mendel

Gregor Mendel
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Famous As: Meteorologist, Mathematician, Biologist
Birthdate: July 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hynčice, Vražné, Czechia
Died: January 6, 1884

A scientist, meteorologist, mathematician, and biologist, Gregor Mendel is considered the founder of the modern science of genetics. He conducted a series of experiments on pea plants between 1856 and 1863, establishing many rules of heredity. Besides his work on pea plants, he also described novel plant species and conducted experiments with hawkweed and honeybees.

 2 John Dalton

John Dalton
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Famous As: Chemist, Physicist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: September 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England
Died: July 27, 1844

John Dalton was an English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist most famous for introducing the atomic theory into chemistry. He also contributed a lot to the study of color blindness, sometimes referred to as Daltonism in his honor. He was the first scientist to refer to the smallest particle of matter as an “atom.” He was a Quaker and lived modestly. 

 3 Alfred Wegener

Alfred Wegener
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Famous As: Polar Researcher
Birthdate: November 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 1, 1930

In the early 1900s, meteorologist Alfred Wegener did not find too many takers for his theory that all the continents of the world had initially been a single mass named Pangaea and that continental drift had caused them to split apart. Wegener died on his fourth expedition in Greenland.

 4 Jim Cantore

Jim Cantore
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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: February 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon Falls, Connecticut, USA
Best known for his long stint on The Weather Channel, meteorologist Jim Cantore has gained fame for making his weather reports interesting to even a lay person. He has hosted weather segments for the 2012 Summer Olympics and is also known for his authentic storm reports, which have often become viral.
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 5 Edmond Halley

Edmond Halley
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: November 8, 1656
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haggerston, London, England
Died: January 14, 1742

Edmond Halley was an English astronomer and mathematician who was mainly concerned with practical applications of science. He abandoned college education to travel to St. Helena. He published catalogue of 341 southern stars with telescopically determined locations. Known for his wide range of interest, he helped Newton to publish his magnum opus,  Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. He used Newton's Law of Motion to compute periodicty of Halley’s Comet.

 6 James Glaisher

James Glaisher
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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, England
Died: February 7, 1903

Renowned meteorologist and aeronaut James Glaisher was a pioneer of balloon flights and had penned the iconic book Travels in the Air. He had also contributed to the formation of the Meteorological Society and the Aeronautical Society of Britain. The 2019 movie The Aeronauts depicts his exploits as a balloonist.

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 7 Matthew Fontaine Maury

Matthew Fontaine Maury
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Died: February 1, 1873

American astronomer, naval officer, oceanographer and author Matthew Fontaine Maury, who first served the United States Navy and then the Confederacy States Navy, made significant contributions in oceanography. His book Physical Geography of the Sea is counted among the first comprehensive books on oceanography. Navies and merchant marines across the world adopted his uniform system of recording oceanographic data.

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 8 Piers Corbyn

Piers Corbyn
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
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 9 Edward Norton Lorenz

Edward Norton Lorenz
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: May 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 16, 2008

 10 Reed Timmer

Reed Timmer
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Birthdate: March 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
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 11 Piers Sellers

Piers Sellers
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Famous As: Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: April 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crowborough
Died: December 23, 2016

 12 Ted Fujita

Ted Fujita
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
Died: November 19, 1998

 13 Helen Willetts

Helen Willetts
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chester, England

 14 Owen Daniels

Owen Daniels
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naperville, Illinois, United States
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 15 Wilson Bentley

Wilson Bentley
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Famous As: First Known Person to Take Detailed Photographs of Snowflakes
Birthdate: February 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jericho, Vermont, United States
Died: December 23, 1931

 16 Paul J. Crutzen

Paul J. Crutzen
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: December 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 28, 2021

Nobel Prize-winning Dutch atmospheric chemist Paul J. Crutzen had initially been a civil engineer and a computer programmer. He is remembered for his contribution to research on the ozone layer. In 2000, he used the term Anthropocene to describe the current era where human action has been changing the planet.

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 17 William Morris Davis

William Morris Davis
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Famous As: Geographer, Geologist, Meteorologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 5, 1934

 18 Andrija Mohorovičić

Andrija Mohorovičić
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Opatija
Died: December 18, 1936

 19 Antonio de Ulloa

Antonio de Ulloa
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Famous As: Astronomer, Explorer, Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 12, 1716
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville
Died: July 3, 1795

Spanish mariner Antonio de Ulloa was sent by the government to explore America and ended up being captured by the British while returning. His scientific zeal made him a Fellow of the Royal Society there. He is remembered for his metallurgical, astronomical, and geographical discoveries and treatises.

 20 Lewis Fry Richardson

Lewis Fry Richardson
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Famous As: Former Mathematician, physicist, meteorologist noted for his pioneering work concerning fractals and a method for solving a system of linear equations known as modified Richardson iteration
Birthdate: October 11, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Died: September 30, 1953

British physicist, meteorologist, mathematician, psychologist and pacifist Lewis Fry Richardson was the first to apply modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting to predict weather accurately. He also pioneered the use of similar methods in studying reasons of wars and the way to stop them. He proposed the iterative method called modified Richardson iteration for solving a system of linear equations.

 21 Charles Thomson Rees Wilson

Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glencorse, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1959

Scottish physicist, meteorologist and Nobel Laureate Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is noted for inventing the cloud chamber particle detector, also referred to as Wilson cloud chamber, used for visualizing the passage of ionizing radiation. It played a significant role in the area of experimental particle physics between the 1920s and 1950s.

 22 Syukuro Manabe

Syukuro Manabe
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Famous As: He was awarded half of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Klaus Hasselmann
Birthdate: September 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uma, Ehime, Japan
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 23 James Stagg

James Stagg
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: June 30, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: June 23, 1975

 24 Thomas Corwin Mendenhall

Thomas Corwin Mendenhall
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanoverton, Ohio, United States
Died: March 23, 1924

 25 Vilhelm Bjerknes

Vilhelm Bjerknes
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: April 9, 1951

Vilhelm Bjerknes was a Norwegian meteorologist and physicist who is counted among the pioneers of the present-day practice of weather forecasting. The primitive equations, which are used today in numerical climate modeling and weather prediction, were formulated by him. Vilhelm Bjerknes also developed the Bergen School of Meteorology, which played a major role in advancing meteorology in the early-20th century.

 26 Wang Chong

Wang Chong
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: 0027 AD
Birthplace: Shangyu District, Shaoxing, China
Died: 0100 AD
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 27 Angelo Secchi

Angelo Secchi
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: June 28, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Died: February 26, 1878

A pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, Italian Jesuit priest and astronomer Angelo Secchi was among the first scientists who authoritatively stated that the Sun is a star. Notable contributions of Secchi, who served as director of the observatory at the Roman College for nearly three decades, includes discovering three comets and solar spicules; and inventing Secchi disk, heliospectrograph and telespectroscope.

 28 William Ferrel

William Ferrel
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 29, 1817
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 18, 1891

Though mostly self-taught, William Ferrel grew up to be a school teacher and later joined the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. He was later part of the U.S. Army’s Signal Service and is best remembered for his meteorological research and his explanation of the deflection of air currents on Earth.

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 29 Tomàs Molina

Tomàs Molina
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Famous As: Meteorologist, Journalist, Writer, Television presenter, Physicist
Birthdate: September 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Badalona

TV3 weather presenter Tomàs Molina is a renowned meteorologist who heads Televisión de Cataluña’s meteorology department and is also associated with the Catalan channels Canal Méteo and Teletiempo. The IABM vice president has authored several books and won the Spain Zapping Award for the Best TV Personality in 2012.

 30 Qin Jiushao

Qin Jiushao
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: 1202 AD
Birthplace: Puzhou, China
Died: 1261 AD

Chinese mathematician, meteorologist, and writer Qin Jiushao is remembered for developing a method to solve simultaneous linear equations and polynomial equations, mentioned in detail in his only book, Shushu jiuzhang. Though he became the Qiongzhou governor, he was later dismissed for corruption. He had also initially served the army.

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 31 Jacob Bjerknes

Jacob Bjerknes
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: November 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: July 7, 1975

Jacob Bjerknes was a Norwegian American meteorologist known for his works on the dynamics of the polar front and the mechanism for north-south heat transport. He was the son of meteorologist Vilhelm Bjerknes. Jacob Bjerknes began his career working under his father and later pursued an academic career. He was a recipient of the Royal Meteorological Society’s Symons Gold Medal. 

 32 Cleveland Abbe

Cleveland Abbe
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1916

 33 George Hadley

George Hadley
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 12, 1685
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 28, 1768

 34 Jule Gregory Charney

Jule Gregory Charney
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: January 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 16, 1981
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 35 Léon Teisserenc de Bort

Léon Teisserenc de Bort
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: November 5, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1913

 36 C. H. D. Buys Ballot

C. H. D. Buys Ballot
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: October 10, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kloetinge, Netherlands
Died: February 3, 1890
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 37 Harald Sverdrup

Harald Sverdrup
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Famous As: Oceanographer
Birthdate: November 15, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sogndal Municipality, Norway
Died: August 21, 1957

Harald Sverdrup was a Norwegian oceanographer and meteorologist who served as president of the International Association of Physical Oceanography. He was also director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He was the author of many books, including his magnum opus The Oceans: Their Physics, Chemistry, and General Biology. He was a recipient of the William Bowie Medal. 

 38 Rudolf Geiger

Rudolf Geiger
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: August 24, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Erlangen, Germany
Died: January 22, 1981

 39 Vincent Schaefer

Vincent Schaefer
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: July 25, 1993

 40 Carl-Gustaf Rossby

Carl-Gustaf Rossby
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: December 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 19, 1957

Carl-Gustaf Rossby was a Swedish-born American meteorologist. He played an important role during the Second World War, organizing the training of military meteorologists. Over the course of his career, Carl-Gustaf Rossby was honored with many prestigious awards such as the Applied Meteorology Award from the American Meteorological Society in 1959.

 41 Horace Bénédict de Saussure

Horace Bénédict de Saussure
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 22, 1799

Apart from being a geologist and physicist, Horace Bénédict de Saussure was also a skilled mountaineer and Alpine explorer. Initially a professor of philosophy and physics, he later became one of the earliest user of the word geology. Of his many inventions, the most prominent was his version of the hygrometer.

 42 Jean-André Deluc

Jean-André Deluc
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 8, 1727
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 7, 1817

Copley Medal-winning geologist and meteorologist Jean-André Deluc had initially studied math and natural sciences, before embarking on business tours across Europe. In course of time, he gathered a huge collection of fossils and minerals. His research areas included the mercury barometer. He was later named a fellow of the Royal Society.

 43 Bert Bolin

Bert Bolin
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nyköping, Sweden
Died: December 30, 2007

 44 Balfour Stewart

Balfour Stewart
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 1, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 19, 1887

Scottish meteorologist and geophysicist Balfour Stewart is best remembered for his research on radiant energy and terrestrial magnetism. Initially a trader, he later joined the Kew Observatory as an assistant and eventually became its director. The Unseen Universe remains one of his best-known written works.

 45 Napier Shaw

Napier Shaw
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: March 4, 1854
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: March 23, 1945

 46 John Aitken

John Aitken
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: September 18, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died: November 14, 1919

British meteorologist and physicist John Aitken is best remembered for his research on the microscopic particles now known as the Aitken nuclei and their role in the condensation of water vapor. However, health issues kept him confined to his home laboratory and prevented him from taking up significant positions.

 47 Tor Bergeron

Tor Bergeron
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: August 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godstone, Surrey, England
Died: June 13, 1977

 48 Robert Emden

Robert Emden
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Famous As: Astrophysicist
Birthdate: March 4, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died: October 8, 1940

 49 James Pollard Espy

James Pollard Espy
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Famous As: Meteorologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westmorland County, Canada
Died: January 24, 1860

 50 Thomas Stewart Traill

Thomas Stewart Traill
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orkney, Scotland
Died: July 30, 1862

Thomas Stewart Traill had donned many hats. Initially a practicing physician, he was also interested in zoology and helped John James Audubon publish The Birds of America. He was also a chemist and a meteorologist and spent his life teaching at the University of Edinburgh. He also edited Encyclopædia Britannica’s 8th edition.