Meteorographica and Weather

  • Crispin Tickell
Part of the Studies in Biology, Economy and Society book series (SBES)


For me the name of Galton produces family as well as scientific echoes. Francis Galton was a friend and ally of my great great grandfather, and was one of that heroic group which took on – and then transformed – the intellectual establishment of his day. Recently I looked at my copy of the Record of Family Faculties, published in 1884. It has been faithfully filled in for four or five generations: it is good to know the colour of my great great aunt’s eyes, whether my cousins were choleric, bilious or sweet tempered, which grandmothers died of what, and who was bright or not so bright in the bell-shaped curves of inheritance. What a pity we do not fill in such forms today!


Family Faculty National Weather Service Inter Governmental Panel Royal Geographical Society Intellectual Establishment 
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  3. Also, Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, vol. 3, pp. 657–8.Google Scholar
  4. Gaiton, F. (1884) Record of Family Faculties (London: Macmillan).Google Scholar
  5. Royal Geographical Society (1883) Hints to Travellers. 5th edn.Google Scholar

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