Luke Howard, FRS and Ernst Lehrs
In 1832, Luke Howard taught the Western World how to distinguish one cloud from another, giving them names and moving us all a bit further toward the science of Meteorology. Goethe recognized his genius and dedicated a poem to him. Ernst Lehrs refers to him as a “true reader of the book of Nature.”
Both Howard’s and Lehr’s essays are invaluable resources for teachers of elementary meteorology. A teacher who can convey Howard’s way of seeing clouds to the students will have given them a living approach to the world of nature. No small thing, that.