A history of British seismology

  title={A history of British seismology},
  author={Roger M. W. Musson},
  journal={Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering},
  • R. Musson
  • Published 9 May 2013
  • Geology
  • Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering
The work of John Milne, the centenary of whose death is marked in 2013, has had a large impact in the development in global seismology. On his return from Japan to England in 1895, he established for the first time a global earthquake recording network, centred on his observatory at Shide, Isle of Wight. His composite bulletins, the “Shide Circulars” developed, in the twentieth century, into the world earthquake bulletins of the International Seismological Summary and eventually the… 

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DR. C. DAVISON writes: “During the five years (1878-83) that Ewing spent in Japan, like other English teachers in Tokyo he was infected by the enthusiasm of Prof. John Milne, and became one of the