Shaw, Sir William Napier, 1854-1945 (Knight, meteorologist)
- Existence: 1854 - 1945
Sir William Napier Shaw (1854-1945), meteorologist, was educated at King Edward VI's school, Birmingham, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took the natural sciences tripos. He was a fellow of Emmanuel, 1877-1906, and assistant director of the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, 1898-1900. He was secretary of the Meteorological Council, 1900-1905, then director of the Meteorological Office, 1905-1920. He became professor of meteorology at the Royal College of Science in 1920 and worked there until 1924. Shaw's published works included Forecasting weather (1911) and the Manual of meteorology (4 vols., 1926-1931). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1891 and knighted in 1915.
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Correspondence and papers re: report of British Association/Royal Meteorological Society Joint Committee on the Upper Air; material chiefly concerns the use of balloons to investigate the upper air
'Photocopy of significant extracts from a very important file of notes by L.F.R. for possible second edition of "Weather Prediction by Numerical Process"
Notes and Drafts is comprised of notes and designs for meteorological instruments, 1916-20; notes on visits to Bergen, 1920-21, and Danzig, 1939; drafts on psychology, 1940s; lectures on differential equations; notes on experiments on angular motion; and notes on 'The geostrophic wind', 'Dynamical meteorology', and 'Barometric gradient and wind speed'.
Includes mention of Richardson, L.F. and Bower, M. and a report by Cave, C.J.P.
Correspondence, speeches, reports, lectures and miscellaneous papers on meteorological matters and education.
23 carbon typed letters.