The Callendar Effect

The Life and Work of Guy Stewart Callendar (1898–1964), the Scientist Who Established the Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climate Change

  • Authors
  • James Rodger Fleming

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. James Rodger Fleming
    Pages 1-15
  3. James Rodger Fleming
    Pages 17-32
  4. James Rodger Fleming
    Pages 33-46
  5. James Rodger Fleming
    Pages 47-64
  6. James Rodger Fleming
    Pages 65-87
  7. James Rodger Fleming
    Pages 89-96
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 97-155

About this book


This is the first biography of the remarkable scientist who linked the three key elements of global warming: rising temperatures, rising levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide, and infrared sky radiation. He did this in 1938! The Callendar Effect is the name given to Guy Stewart Callendar’s monumental discovery that climatic change could be brought about by increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide due to human activities, primarily through burning fossil fuels. Callendar’s life and work are reconstructed from his never-before-published original scientific correspondence, notebooks, and family letters and photographs. In addition to providing a readable and authoritative account of the early history of climate science, the book documents the influence of his family, especially his famous physicist father, and Callendar’s contributions to a number of important technical issues, including British and international steam engineering, the infrared spectra of complex molecules, the World War II fog dispersal system FIDO.


Carbon Dioxide Climate Change Global warming Meteorology WWII fog temperature

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