Monday, 5 December 2011

Event - Plaque honours famed scientist (Beeston)

A BLUE plaque commemorating the life and work of one of Notts' most eminent scientists will be unveiled at his former home.

Edward Joseph Lowe was an astronomer, botanist and founder member of the Royal Meteorological Society.

His scientific observations helped to shape understanding of the earth's atmosphere.

The plaque is the result of a campaign by civic and historical societies and has been funded by the University of Nottingham.

It will be unveiled at Broadgate House, Broadgate, Beeston, the home and observatory built by Mr Lowe in the early 1850s.

University vice-chancellor Professor David Greenaway said: "We are extremely proud of our close connections with Edward Joseph Lowe, one of Nottingham's most eminent scientists, and are delighted that we can play a part in commemorating his contribution in this way.

"Lowe's quest for knowledge and scientific endeavour are among the cornerstones of the university which has made its home on the area of parkland where Lowe spent so much of his life."

Mr Lowe became well know after publishing studies on astronomy and weather-related phenomena.

His papers included meteorological observations made during a solar eclipse in 1860.

The plaque has been spearheaded by the Beeston and District Civic Society in collaboration with Beeston and District Local History Society, the Stapleford and District Local History Society and the Bramcote Conservation Society.

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