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Father Benito Vines - The 19th-Century Life and Contributions of a Cuban Hurricane Observer and Scientist


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Luis E. Ramos Guadalupe is director of the Historical Heritage Section of the Cuban Academy of Sciences. Oswaldo Garcia is professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University.


"Any discussion of the science of meteorology and the study of hurricanes in Cuba begins with accomplishments of the priest Benito Vines, and it is to this subject that Guadalupe's biography of Vines is dedicated. This is a celebratory biography, prepared with affection and admiration, and filled with well-documented information and thoughtful insight. . . . [This book] offers poignant insight into the fusion of science and humanism, a testimony to the degree to which a labor of love had real-life implications. . . . A welcome addition to the expanding scholarship on environmental history. English-language readers owe a debt of gratitude to Garcia for a very capable translation of the Spanish-language original."--Louis A. Perez, Jr. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Catholic Historical Review"
"We must thank the American Meteorological Society for bringing the figure of Fr. Vines to the attention of a wider audience. . . . Vines deserves to be better known as an important pioneer in the observation, study, and forecasting of tropical hurricanes."-- "Journal of Jesuit Studies"

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