The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

Hadley, George

(1685 – 1768) An English lawyer and amateur meteorologist who tried to explain the atmospheric mechanisms that cause the Trade Winds. He wanted to find out why these winds — which should blow straight north — had a pronounced westerly flow.

His theory recognized that the Earth's rotation played a role in the direction taken by air masses that move relative to the Earth.

1. The UK's Hadley Centre is named for him.

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