I was delighted to hear this week that my article ‘For an empire of all types of climate’: meteorology as an imperial science was placed in the ‘highly commended’ category for this year’s Journal of Historical Geography essay prize, along with Dean Bond’s Enlightenment geography in the study: A.F. Büsching, J.D. Michaelis and the place of geographical knowledge in the Royal Danish Expedition to Arabia, 1761–1767.
The (very deserving) winners of the overall prize were Briony McDonagh and Carl Griffin for their piece Occupy! Historical geographies of property, protest and the commons, 1500–1850.
So, thanks JHG! It’s a real honour to be in such great company. This is probably an appropriate time to re-state the article’s acknowledgements as well:
Thanks to the staff at the National Meteorological Library and Archive in Exeter and to the librarians at the University of Oxford for all their invaluable assistance. Thanks also to Mike Hulme, Helen Pallett and seminar participants at King’s College London and the University of Nottingham for helpful comments on earlier versions of this paper, and to Joan Kenworthy for her insight into the East African archives. The support of an RGS-IBG Small Research Grant and of the Department of Geography, King’s College London is gratefully acknowledged. The article has greatly benefitted from the comments of Miles Ogborn, the editor, and of the three anonymous reviewers.