The History of Liverpool Tidal Institute: Prof Phil Woodworth
Many will be aware of the Bidston Observatory Observatory, Birkenhead where the Liverpool Tidal Institute was based for most of its history. Last year was the 100th anniversary of its founding at Liverpool University in March 1919 with funds from Sir Alfred Booth and his brother, Charles Booth, to ‘prosecute continuously scientific research into all aspects of knowledge of the tides’. Professor Joseph Proudman became its Honorary Director and Dr Arthur Doodson its Secretary. The year 1919 also saw the establishment of the first Oceanography Department in the UK at Liverpool University. This talk will discuss how the LTI came about and some of its major achievements during the years, not only in tides, but including also for example methods for predicting storm surges around our coasts and changes in sea level with climate change.