Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hadley, George (1685–1768)
GEORGE HADLEY WAS an English lawyer, physicist, and meteorologist who first accurately theorized a hypothesis for the trade winds and the associated north-south circulation pattern now known as the Hadley Cell. This piece of information was particularly important in Hadley s times, as it helped the journeys of English vessels toward North American shores. Hadley was intrigued that winds that should have blown northward had, instead, a western course. Hadley was born on February 12,1685, in London, England to Katherine Fitzjames and George Hadley. He was part of a family of six children and his father was the high sheriff of Hertfordshire. George was initially overshadowed by the fame of his brother John, ...