Past Officers (2001-2005)

Third AMS Presidential History Symposium, 9-13 January 2005 in San Diego, CA, USA.

Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science from American Meteorological Society


• Dictionary of Scientific Biography. ICHM members with suggestions for scientists in the fields of meteorology, oceanography, and hydrology to be included in the New DSB should contact Jim Fleming jfleming@colby.edu who is an associate editor on the project. The biographical subjects must be deceased and must have had a significant impact on their field. Authors of biographical sketches will be remunerated for their efforts. For a general description of the project and to make suggestions, visit http://www.gale-edit.com/ndsb/index.htm The list of biographees and potential authors will be completed by 1 June 2005.

• History of International Cooperation in Meteorology, European Meteorological Society, 5th annual meeting, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 12-16 September 2005. List of papers.

• XXIInd International Congress of History of Science, 24-30 July 2005 Beijing, China. Congress website http://2005bj.ihns.ac.cn/index.frame.htm

Photos and files from the International Congress in Beijing, July 2005


SC15: Diversity in the Global Reconstruction and Representation of Weather and Climate: East, South, West, North (Morning and afternoon of July 25 and afternoon of July 26)

SS8: Modern Earth Sciences (Morning and afternoon of July 25)
K-H Bernhardt, Goethe's science, poetry, and the little ice age
C. Hammerl, On Julius Hann
A. Petrovic and J. Fleming, On Milutin Milankovic

ICHM Business Meeting (Afternoon of July 26)

SC2: History of Science Online: new possibilities and new challenges (Morning and afternoon of July 28)
J. Fleming, The History of Meteorology Goes Digital: Online interpretive, bibliographical, and archival sources worldwide


• Thurs. Dec. 1, 2005, An evening with Robert M. White at the National Air and Space Museum, "From Art to Science: The Technological and Institutional Transformation of Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology" (lecture, discussion, dinner following). Robert M. White advises on environment, energy, and climate change, and development and management of organizations and research programs. He was President of the National Academy of Engineering from 1983-1995. Previously, he was President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau, U.S. Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission, U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organization, and was appointed the first Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to government service, he founded one of the first corporations devoted to environmental science and services.

• Geoengineering: Historical, Ethical, and Policy Perspectives, American Geophysical Union Session U54A, Moscone Convention Center Room 3012, San Francisco, California, starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005. Speakers: Richard Somerville, Modeling the Climatic Consequences of Geoengineering; David Keith, Engineering the earth system; Jim Fleming, Fantasy and Reality in the History of Weather and Climate Control; Mike MacCracken, Geoengineering the Climate: Approaches to Counterbalancing Global Warming. For details see http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm05/

• Books of interest published 2004-2005

Anderson, Katharine. Predicting the Weather: Victorians and the Science of Meteorology. Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2005. Link for more information (.doc).

Fleming, James Rodger. Historical Perspectives on Climate Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Paperback. Contact the press.

Harper, Kristine. Hurricane Andrew. New York: Facts On File, 2005.

McNally, Louis K., III. "The Weather of 1785: An interdisciplinary approach to meteorological reconstruction using forensic synoptic analysis." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maine&emdash;Orono, 2004.

Roy, Marjory. The Weathermen of Ben Nevis, 1883-1904. Royal Meteorological Society, 2004.

Zhang, De'er. A compendium of Chinese meteorological records of the last 3,000 years, 4 vols. (Chinese with English introduction). Nanjing: Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2004. 3666 p.

Albert, King of the Belgians. An International Seminar to Celebrate the Brussels Maritime Conference of 1853,an historical perspective of operational marine meteorology and oceanography: proceedings. Geneva: World Meteorological Organization, 2004.

Behringer, Wolfgang, Harmut Lehmann, and Christian Pfister. Kulturelle Konsequenzen der "Kleinen Eiszeit." Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005.

Boia, Lucian. The weather in the imagination. London: Reaktion, 2005 .

Corbin, Alain.  Le ciel et la mer. Paris: Bayard, 2005.

Dege, Wilhelm and William Barr. War North of 80: The last German Arctic weather station of World War II. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2004.

Fagan, Brian M. The Long Summer: How climate changed civilization. London: Granta, 2004.

Gramola, Benito and R. Rizzi, ed. Giuseppe Toaldo: Meteorologia e agricoltura. Atti della Tornata esterna, Molvena, 12 maggio 2002. Vicenza: Accademia Olimpica, 2004.

Gribbin, John R. and Mary Gribbin. FitzRoy: The remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecast. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Halford, Pauline. Storm warning: The origins of the weather forecast. Stroud: Sutton, 2005.

Tempêtes sur la forêt française: XVIe-XXE siècle, Andrée Corvol, comp. Paris: Harmattan, 2005.

U.S. Joint Numerical Weather Prediction Unit: A selected bibliography. Fiolek, Anna, Jimmie Trigg and Eugenia Kalnay, comp. Silver Spring, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, 2004.