Mr. Richard Inwards


    VERY hearty congratulations are extended to Mr. Richard Inwards, who will reach the age of ninety-four years this week (whilst yet, happily, in good health), having been born on April 22, 1840. Elected into the Royal Astronomical Society so far back as 1861, he is, we believe, the oldest member of that body; also of the Royal Meteorological Society, whose ranks he joined a year later. Early in life, Mr. Inwards became a mine manager in Bolivia, and afterwards he acted in a like capacity in Spain for the Manganese Company. Later on, mining projects and enterprises led him to widely divergent places-to Norway, Austria, South America, Mexico. Settling in England, meteorological studies became his prime interest, and he was for nearly twenty years joint editor of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 9 becoming, in 1894, president of the Society, serving the customary period. Exactly forty years ago, corresponding with the present month, Mr. Inwards read a paper entitled “On Some Phenomena of the Upper Air”. A contribution (1907), “The Metric System in Meteorology”, survived criticism, at any rate, for publication in the Quarterly Journal; some will, perhaps, recall the discussion. Mr. Inwards is the author of “Weather Lore” and “The Temple of the Andes”; also, he published (1911) an interesting reminiscent biography of W. Ford Stanley, F.R.A.S., in memory of that gifted mechanician, responsible for many developments in the designs for mathematical drawing, surveying and levelling instruments.

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