From Luke Howard's Sketch Book
The story of Luke Howard, a very special person who loved and named clouds.
The Howard I came to know was a many-faceted man. He was a "whole" man. His love of clouds, and weather, started at an early age and never diminished. He was not a scientist and never pretended to be one. He trained for, and became, a businessman, developing a firm that manufactured pharmaceutical chemicals: Howards and Sons Ltd. The study of weather, begun as a schoolboy, was close to his heart and continued for a lifetime. Because of his many contributions to the emerging science of meteorology, in 1821 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, the highest honor his peers could confer. He was a lifelong member of the Society of Friends (the Quakers) and devoted much energy and time to the good works of this denomination. He was a devoted family man. He was a prolific writer and editor. His Seven lectures in Meteorology comprised the first textbook in weather. His Climate of London was the first book in urban climatology.
Luke Howard properly earned the right to be called the Godfather of Clouds.
Through the following 3 short essays, it is my hope that many readers will come to appreciate this early Cloudman.
Luke Howard, F.R.S. (1772-1864)
Luke Howard -- "The Godfather of Clouds"
Luke Howard -- Cloudman Foreword | Essay #1 Background Setting
Essay #2 1783 -- A Year to Remember | Essay #3 1802 -- Year of Significance
Cloud History Topics
Luke Howard -- "The Godfather of Clouds | Wilson A. Bentley -- "The Snowflake Man"
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