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W. H. Dines

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William Henry Dines, meteorologist, developer of the pressure-tube anemometer.

1855 Born in Pimlico, son of George Dines (a builder), of Walton-on-Thames.

1871 George Dines 58, builder lived in Eastbourne with Louisa S Dines 54, Hattie L S Dines 24, William H Dines 15[1]

1877 Entered Cambridge University.

Apprenticed as an engineering pupil at the Nine Elms Works of L. and S.W. Railway.

1881 Graduated B.A. (20th Wrangler) but would not take M.A.

1882 Married Catharine Emma Tugwell in Lambeth[2]

Gave tuition in mathematics by correspondence.

1883 Birth of son Lewen Henry George Dines in Havering, Essex[3]

Started to study meteorology, through both the physical and experimental approaches.

1890 Published papers on the "Mutual Influence of Two Pressure Plates upon each other, and Comparison of the Pressures upon Small and Large Plates", and "Variations of Pressure caused by the Wind Blowing across the Mouth of a Tube"

Before 1900 he had done very important work on the theory of wind-pressure; from this came the pressure-tube anemometer.

1901-2 President of the Meteorological Society.

Designed and made many other meteorological instruments, and became the leading exponent of experimental meteorology.

1905 Elected F.R.S.

1911 William Henry Dines 56, "on staff of Meteorological Office", lived in Watlington with Catherine Emma Dines 55, John Somers Dines 25, "staff of Meteorological Office"[4]

1927 Died in Benson[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. Parish register
  3. Parish register
  4. 1911 census
  5. BMD
  • Cambridge Alumni