William Middleton

William MiddletonIn existographies, William Middleton (1902-1998) (CR:16) was an English-born Canadian meteorologist and barometer historian, noted for []

Overview
In 1964, Middleton, in his The History of the Barometer, building on the earlier work of Cornelis de Waard (1936) (Ѻ), gave a detailed history of the barometer, with lots of inside details on things such as the Berti vacuum experiment, ending with a good deal of discussion about weather barometers. [2]

Other
Of note, the Middleton article was the 5,000th Hmolpedia article, started on 5 Jun 2019.

Quotes | Employed
The following are quotes employed by Middleton:

“The discovery of the ‘barometer’ [Torricelli, 1643] caused the appearance of physics to change, such as the telescope [Lippershey, 1608] did to that of astronomy, the circulation of blood [Harvey, 1628] to that of the medicine, the pile of Volta [1800] to that of molecular physics. "
— Vincenzo Antionori (1841), Historical Information about the Academy of Cimento (pg. 27); cited by William Middleton (1964) in The History of the Barometer (pg. 1) [1]

Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Middleton:

“As to the question of the ‘vacuum’, millions of words have been devoted to it through eighteen hundred years.”
— William Middleton (1964), The History of the Barometer (pg. 4)

References
1. Middleton, William E. (1964). The History of the Barometer (Amz) (definition, pg. x; Stevin, pg. 53). Publisher.
2. (a) De Waard, Cornelis. (1936). The Barometric Experience: its Background and Explanations – Historical Study (L’experience Barometrique: Ses Antecedents et ses Explications. Etude Historique). Publisher.
(b) Middleton, William E. (1964). The History of the Barometer (Amz). Publisher.

External links
William Edgar Knowles Middleton (about) – Science.ca.
W.E. Knowles Middleton (about) – CMOSArchives.ca.

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