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Image number: RS.11509
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Rain gauge




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

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height (print): 153mm
width (print): 208mm
height (paper support): 202mm
width (paper support): 253mm


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Self-recording rain gauge used at Eskdalemuir Observatory. Captioned ‘Rain Gauge (Open – showing recording parts)’.

A text accompanying the illustration states that ‘The rain is caught in a funnel-shaped receiver…and is conducted through a pipe into a reservoir. The reservoir is balanced by being floated in mercury. A pen is fixed to the float and rests on the chart…’

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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