Bracknell, Berkshire

The site of the Meteorological Office. In 1972, Prime Minister Edward Heath opened a new wing, to house large computers, named after Lewis Fry Richardson (1881-1953), who worked for the Meteorological Office at Eskdalemuir, Scotland, and Benson (qv) for some years before resigning on principle in 1920 when the Office became part of the Air Ministry. He was the first to suggest the idea of sonar in 1911. He was the first to envisage numerical weather prediction.

In 1992, Julian Hunt was appointed Chief Executive of the Meteorological Office. He is a great-nephew of Richardson and an editor of his papers, and also a great-grandson of William Garnett. Mandelbrot initiated the editing of the papers which include the famous posthumous 1961 paper on the length of coastlines and boundaries which is considered the foundation of fractals.

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