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2017/2018 School of Chinese Public Lecture Series

The Introduction and Spread of European Meteorological
Instruments and Its Technological Principles in Qing China

施威博士Dr. Shi Wei

April 26 (Thursday), 2018, 4:30-6pm, Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower

Language: Putonghua


In the system of meteorological technology, the meteorological instrument is undoubtedly one of the most important forms of technology. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the rise of the “revolution of instrument making” for meteorological observations in Europe promoted the modernization of the meteorological industry and gradually formed and expanded a technological gap between China and the West. After the Opium War, with the establishment of meteorological observatories by foreigners in China and the improvement of meteorological observation and forecasting, the introduction of European meteorological instruments was characterized by scale, systematization and precision, and their technological craftsmanship and principles were also widely disseminated. Based on the above background, this talk will focus on the stages, features and effects etc. of the introduction of European meteorological instruments and their technological craftsmanship.


Dr. Shi is Associate Professor of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology and Visiting Assistant Professor of the School of Chinese, University of Hong Kong. He is also Executive Director of High Level Experts Liaison Office and Guest Researcher at the Research Institute of Climate and Environmental Governance of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology and serves at the boards of the Society of China Industrial Archaeology and Industrial Heritage Protection, the Professional Committee for Education of History of Science under the Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology, and the Society of Jiangsu Agriculture History. He teaches and studies mainly meteorological history, the transmission and education of science, and science and culture. He has published over 50 journal articles and three books, and hosted six provincial and above research projects sponsored by National Social Science Fund etc.


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