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Image number: RS.11506
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Slate globe




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

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height (print): 152mm
width (print): 204mm
height (paper support): 202mm
width (paper support): 253mm


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Interior view taken within the Office and Library of Eskdalemuir Observatory, showing a detailed view of the Observatory’s slate globe standing on a table with an opened world atlas. Captioned ‘Slate Globe. Used in determining the positions of Earthquakes’.

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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