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Meteorological Society of London


Founding of the Society

Year Authority / Notes
1823 – 1843

According to the Royal Meteorological Society website , the Meteorological Society of London was founded on 1823, October 15. Several other meetings were held over the next few months, up until 1824, May 12. The Society then lay dormant until several meetings in the summer and autumn of 1832, when only financial matters were discussed.

The Society was revived at a meeting on 1836, November 15. The Society met regularly from 1836 to 1843. Many of the papers read before the Society were published in the Transactions of the Meteorological Society (1839). The Society also published a Proceedings (for the Sessions 1838-40, 1840-41 and 1841-42), which included reports of the meetings. The last meeting of the Society was 1843, May 9.

This Society was succeeded on 1848, June 3 by another Meteorological Society of London, which published no journal, and which was dissolved in 1850, September in favour of a Society formed earlier that year, the British Meteorological Society, now called the Royal Meteorological Society .

Seat of the Society

City Authority / Notes

This location is supported by the name of the Society.

Name of the Society

Dates Name Authority
1823 - 1842 Meteorological Society of London

Royal Meteorological Society .

1842 - 1843 Meteorological Society of Great Britain

Royal Meteorological Society .

Journals of the Society

Years Full Journal Title Abbrev.


Proceedings of the Meteorological Society

The record in the Oxford Univ. cat. lists holdings for 1838/39 (39/40), published in 1841.

The record in the Glasgow Univ. cat. gives the title as Proceedings of the Meteorological Society, during the session 1838-1839 [and 1839-40].

The website of the Royal Meteorological Society indicates that Proceedings were published for the Sessions 1838-40, 1840-41 and 1841-42.

[Oxford Univ. cat.; Glasgow Univ. cat.]


Transactions of the Meteorological Society

The record in the GBV German Union cat. gives London as the place of publication.

Indexed RSLC
[GBV German Union cat.]
Meteorol. Soc. Trans.
RSLC, v.1,
1842, Jan. - 1843, Oct. (Vol. 1, no. 1 - v. 1, no. 8)


Quarterly Journal of Meteorology and Physical Science

The record in the Nat. Lib. Scotland cat. gives the author as Meteorological Society of Great Britain. According to the historical area of the website of the Royal Meteorological Society all eight issues of this journal were "published under the immediate sanction and direction of the Meteorological Society of Great Britain." The latter also makes it clear that this was the name of the Society from 1842 -1843, but that it may have been used as early as the latter part of 1841.

Indexed RSLC
[Nat. Lib. Scotland cat.]
Quart. Journ. Meteorol.
RSLC, v.1, p.lxiv


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