S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Hobson, Mr Edmund) Ernest Roberts (meteorology)

Born: 30 July 1862, Jansenville District, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Died: 26 August 1922, Aberdeen, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

E.R. Hobson delivered a popular lecture, "Observations about rain in South Africa", before the Zwart Ruggens Farmers' Association (presumably at Jansenville, Cape Colony). The lecture was published in the Agricultural Journal of the Cape of Good Hope (Vol. 23, pp. 692-695) in 1903. In 1908 he wrote a general discussion of the South African climate, with special reference to air circulation and dessication, which was also published in the Agricultural Journal (Vol. 33, pp. 461-470), under the title "Weather conditions of South Africa".

The author of these articles is presumably Ernest Roberts Hobson (also Edmund Ernest Roberts Hobson), son of William Carey Hobson and his wife Elizabeth, born Roberts. He was first married to Maria Nuttal and later to Margaret Medley.

List of sources:

Edmund Ernest Roberts Hobson. http://www.1820settlers.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I44970&tree=master as on 2017-9-18.

Hobson, E.R. Weather conditions of South Africa. Agricultural Journal of the Cape of Good Hope, 1908, Vol. 33, pp. 461-470. Downloaded from http://journals.co.za/docserver/fulltext/ajcgh/33/4/1107.pdf?expires=1505723156&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=3ACAB9203AD96DC092AC5F8738C25B98 on 2017-9-18.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Hobson, (Edmund) Ernest Roberts / Hobson, E.R.

Venter, R.J. Bibliography of regional meteorological literature. Vol. 1. Southern Africa, 1486-1948. Pretoria: Weather Bureau, 1949.

Compiled by: C. Plug