HE DEVELOPED A THERMODYNAMIC DIAGRAM (THE TEPHIGRAM) THAT IS WIDELY USED IN METEOROLOGY AND HIS FOUR-VOLUME MANUAL OF METEOROLOGY AND OTHER WRITINGS REFLECT A DEEP INTEREST AND INSIGHT INTO THE HISTORY OF METEOROLOGY. HERE IN HIS HANDWRITTEN QUOTE HE MENTIONS THE IMPORTANCE OF “THE LAWS OF WEATHER” AS BEING “A KEY TO THE HISTORY OF OUR CIVILIZATION”
SIR WILLIAM NAPIER SHAW (1854-1945) SIGNED QUOTE, “Napier Shaw”, on a card 4.25 x 3.25, with his S.W. London address and dated Jan 10, 1923, by the English meteorologist who introduced the tephigram (a diagram commonly used in weather analysis and forecasting). One of Shaw’s most important publications The Life History of Surface Air Currents pointed the way towards air-mass analysis and the concept of fronts. He served as president of the International Meteorological Committee and the Royal Meteorological Society. He was assistant director and lecturer at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge and in 1907 became the first Professor of Meteorology at Imperial College, London. He also studied air pollution, and was the first to study and discuss smog and look at health issues. His handwritten quote, in full: “In the laws of weather may be found a key to the history of our civilization.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.