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    G.A. (George Augustus) Rowell
    AN ESSAY ON THE CAUSE OF RAIN AND ITS ALLIED PHENOMENA
    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1872. Revised Edition. Octavo in brown boards with gilt text on spine, no dust jacket. Boards in good condition, text in VG-. Front and rear hinges beginning to separate slightly. Three panel fold-out chart between front paste down and free front end paper is intact and firmly attached. Text is aged-toned with some minor foxing throughout. from WIKISOURCE: ROWELL, GEORGE AUGUSTUS (1804-1892), meteorologist, born at Oxford on 16 May 1804, was son of George Rowell of Newcastle-on-Tyne, who moved to Oxford in 1791, and died there on 14 Feb. 1834. Before his tenth birthday Rowell was taken from school to assist his grandfather in his trade as a cabinet-maker; this trade Rowell himself followed for some years, but subsequently relinquished it for that of a paper-hanger. From his father Rowell inherited a passion for meteorology, and during the appearance of the comet of 1811 nightly lessons on the comet and on the apparent motion of the circumpolar stars were given by father to son. From his mother he received his first lessons on the cause of eclipses and on other astronomical subjects. The thunderstorm and the aurora specially attracted him; these he studied by observation only, as books were difficult of access, although he borrowed and read with eagerness Lovett's 'Philosophical Essays.' In 1839 Rowell, taking advantage of an offer made in a lecture by Professor Baden Powell [q. v.] to give advice on scientific subjects to any one who would apply to him, laid before the professor a theory he had worked out as to the cause of rain. In accordance with Powell's suggestion, he wrote out his view, but the paper, when sent to the 'London and Edinburgh Philosophical Magazine,' was not accepted for publication. It was, however, read before the Ashmolean Society, and was published in the 'Proceedings' for 1839.


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