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Image number: RS.11494
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Sunshine recorder




Albert Edgar Gendle (1886-1923, British), Meteorologist

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height (print): 200mm
width (print): 120mm
height (paper support): 253mm
width (paper support): 203mm


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Landscape showing a sunshine recorder mounted on a stone plinth at Eskdalemuir Observatory. Captioned ‘Sunshine Recorder’, the instrument is a Campbell-Stokes recorder.

A text accompanying the illustration states that: ‘This is simply a burning glass mounted on a pedestal in such a way that the sun’s rays are brought to a focus on a marked chart. When the sun shines the heat produced at the focus is sufficient to char the card at that point. The marls on the card correspond to the times of the day…’

Eskdalemuir Observatory was constructed in 1904 to make geomagnetic and other observations. It was sufficiently remote (located near Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) to be free from electrical interference. Many of the instruments had originally been located at Kew Observatory

Albert Edgar Gendle (1886-1923) was Clerk Assistant to the Eskdalemuir Observatory until 1913, having worked as a boy at Kew Observatory. He then joined the Meteorological Office before becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Air Force in 1919. He was killed near Baghdad, Iraq, in 1923.

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