Charles F. Marvin

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Charles F. Marvin
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Professor Charles F. Marvin, during his tenure as head of the Weather Bureau
Born October 7, 1858
Putnam, Ohio
Died June 5, 1943(1943-06-05) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Fields meteorology
Institutions United States Weather Bureau
Alma mater Ohio State University

Charles Frederick Marvin (October 7, 1858 – June 5, 1943), was an American meteorologist.


He was born at Putnam, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1883, and was appointed to the United States Army Signal Corps of the United States Army. On July 1, 1891, an Act of Congress created the Weather Bureau from the signal service. All the men and duties relating to weather were transferred from the War Department. He became professor of meteorology in 1903 in the Weather Bureau, and chief there in 1913.

Marvin conducted important experiments for determining the amount of moisture in the air, invented instruments for automatically measuring and recording rainfall, snowfall, etc., and produced other advancements during the time when man first began the employment of powered aircraft.

Marvin wrote numerous pamphlets and papers published by the Weather Bureau. He contributed to the New International Encyclopedia.

He died at Doctors Hospital, Washington, D.C., after a month's illness.

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