The Callendar Effect

The Life and Work of Guy Stewart Callendar (1898-1964)

Authors: Fleming, James Rodger

  • Reconstructs Callendar’s life and work from his never-before-published original scientific correspondence, notebooks,
  • and family letters and photographs
  • Focuses on selected topics
  • Provides a clear overview of the basics
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This is the first biography of the remarkable scientist who linked the three key elements of global warming: rising temperatures, rising levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide, and infrared sky radiation. He did this in 1938! The Callendar Effect is the name given to Guy Stewart Callendar’s monumental discovery that climatic change could be brought about by increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide due to human activities, primarily through burning fossil fuels. Callendar’s life and work are reconstructed from his never-before-published original scientific correspondence, notebooks, and family letters and photographs. In addition to providing a readable and authoritative account of the early history of climate science, the book documents the influence of his family, especially his famous physicist father, and Callendar’s contributions to a number of important technical issues, including British and international steam engineering, the infrared spectra of complex molecules, the World War II fog dispersal system FIDO.

About the authors

JAMES RODGER FLEMING is an internationally known historian of science and technology and Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (B.S. astronomy), Colorado State University (M.S. atmospheric science) and Princeton University (Ph.D. history). He is the founder and first president of the International Commission on History of Meteorology, editor-in-chief of History of Meteorology, and history editor of the Bulletin of the AMS. In 2003 Professor Fleming was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the advancement of Science (AAAS) “for pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change and for the advancement of historical work within meteorological societies.” Professor Fleming held the Charles A. Lindberg Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for 2005-06 and currently holds the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Environmental Stewardship from the AAAS. He is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. His books include Meteorology in America, 1800–1870 (Johns Hopkins, 1990), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford, 1998), and Intimate Universality: Local and Global Themes in the History of Weather and Climate (Science History Publications/USA, 2006).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Callendar Effect
Book Subtitle
The Life and Work of Guy Stewart Callendar (1898-1964)
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
American Meteorological Society
Copyright Holder
American Meteorological Society
eBook ISBN
978-1-935704-04-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-935704-04-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
176
Number of Illustrations and Tables
35 b/w illustrations
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