John Gough’s Weather BookHis name is preserved in the Gough-Joule effect,
John Gough was a remarkable man born in 1757 to a Quaker family in Kendal. At the age of 3 years old he lost his sight due to small pox. He overcame his disability by learning to use his hearing and touch.
He developed a keen interest in the sciences particularly maths, physics and meteorology.
Gough was one of the earliest people to keep weather records for the Lake District. He recorded the weather in Kendal from October 1788 to May 1789, his records are on display in the museum.
He took thermometer measurements several times a day; he also recorded pressure and rainfall, confirming that the lakes have been very wet for over 200 years.
His name is preserved in the Gough-Joule effect, which concerns the thermo-dynamics of rubber.
Gough was friends with Wordsworth the famous lakes poet, he knew of Gough’s reputation and describes him in one of his poems.