Research papers of James Paton, 1940s - 1970s, including papers relating to the International Geophysical Year Antarctic Expedition, 1960, the International Year of the Quiet Sun, 1964 - 1965, and various scientific councils with which Paton was involved; correspondence, 1940s - 1970s; papers relating to teaching duties, 1940s - 1970s; printed papers of works by Paton and others, relating to meteorology, 1950s - 1970s; photographs and slides of aurora and noctiluscent cloud phenomena (mostly without location or date), c 1960s - 1970s; field notebooks of C.T.R. Wilson, 1920s.
Papers of James Paton (fl 1928 - 1973), meteorologist
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- Dates of Creation1920s - 1970s
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- Language of MaterialEnglish.
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James Paton joined Edinburgh University Department of Natural History in 1928, and in 1944 became their first lecturer in meteorology. When a separate Department of Meteorology was created there in 1964 he was appointed head of department, a role in which he remained until his death in 1973. An active member, and for several years, director, of the British Astronomical Association Aurora Section, he published many works on auroral and noctiluscent cloud phenomena, and in 1964 initiated an annual report on noctiluscent cloud studies (NCS) in the Meteorological Magazine. This work was undertaken under the auspices of the Balfour Stewart Auroral Laboratory, which was based in Edinburgh University Department of Meteorology, with a geophysical unit of the British Anatarctic Survey, from 1965 - 1974. It was continued after his death by staff of the Department of Meteorology, and in 1983 taken over by the officers of the Aurora Section of the British Astronomical Association.
A short biographical sketch is given in Royal Meteorological Society, Weather, 54 (Sept 1999), 275
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Deposited in the University in Jan 1985, through the office of Dr Gadsden, Department of Natural Philosophy, University of Aberdeen.
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