SOME weeks ago, in an English newspaper there appeared an announcement of the death of Alfred Angot at his residence in Paris on March 16, at seventy-six years of age, as a prelude to a story about his always carrying an umbrella. The announcement marked the close of a long career devoted to the geophysical sciences-meteorology, terrestrial magnetism, and seismology. For thirteen years, in succession to Mascart, he had been director of the Bureau Central Meteoro-logique, which, with its observatory of Pare St. Maur, was the central establishment of France for those sciences. At the same time he was professor of physics and meteorology in the Institut Agronomique National. There is a curious similarity in the position of the geophysical sciences in England and France. M. Angot writes in the preface to the third edition of his “Traite elementaire de meteorologie”: “Or en dehors de ITnstitut agronomique la meteorologie ne figure regulierement en France sur les programmes d'aucun de nos etablissements d'enseignement “-that want of the regular academic routine of recapitulation is responsible for much in the meteorology of Britain and France in the last fifty years.