1838 - Born on the 3rd of December in New York City.
- He grew up in a prosperous merchant family in New York City.
1857 - He excelled in mathematics and chemistry, and graduated from the Free Academy.
- He then taught engineering for two years at the University of Michigan while at the same time
studying astronomy under Franz Brunnow at the University.
1868 - He was hired by the Cincinnati Astronomical Society, however, the organization lacked funding and
Abbe lost his job less than a year later.
1870 - He established the U.S. Weather Bureau and inaugurated the use of daily weather forecasts.
- In recognition of his work, he was often known as Old Probability for the reliability of his forecasts
and was appointed the first head of the new service.
1871 - He personally gave the first official weather report and he continued to forecast alone for the next
six months, while simultaneously training others.
- He was joined by two army lieutenants and a civilian professor in giving reports, and the team was
then able to rotate the heavy workload.
1872 - He regularly sent over five hundred sets of daily maps and bulletins overseas in exchange for
European meteorological data.
1883 - He convinced North American railroad companies to adopt his time zone system.
1884 - He recognized that predicting the weather required a widespread, yet coordinated, team.
- He enlisted twenty volunteer weather observers to help report conditions.
- He selected data-collecting instruments that would be critical to the success of weather predicting,
and trained Army observer sergeants in their use.
1912 - The Royal Meteorogical Society presented him with the Symons Memorial Gold Medal, citing his
contribution “to instrumental, statistical, dynamical, and thermo dynamical meteorology
1916 - He died on the 29th of December in Chevy Chase, Maryland, after a lifetime of outstanding
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- "Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves."