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Henry Piddington

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Henry Piddington

Henry Piddington (1797–1858) was an English scientist and merchant captain in East India and China who coined the name cyclone for tropical storms, referring to a storm that blew a freighter in circles in Mauritius in February 1845.

Piddington also wrote many scientific papers about geology, botany, mineralogy, and meteorology in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal.


  • The Horn-book for the Law of Storms for the Indian and China Seas, 1844
  • The Sailor's Horn-book for the Law of Storms, 1848


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  • Banglapedia: Henry Piddington
  • (various scanned editions of the book)The Sailor's Horn-book for the Law of StormsGoogle Books —

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