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Education and Outreach : John Milne Documentary
John Milne - "The Man Who Mapped the Shaking Earth" [video]

John MilneThis documentary video on the career of John Milne (1850-1913), who is often called "The Father of Seismology," contains rare images, extracts from his letters, and facts concerning little-known aspects of Milne's life. It covers his upbringing in England, his seminal work beginning in the 1870s in seismology and earthquake engineering at the University of Tokyo, and his return to England where he operated his own seismograph and coordinated the reports from a worldwide network of collaborating stations.

Conceived and narrated by Will Twycross; produced by Lavender Hill Multimedia; 2013.

Mr. Twycross has generously provided permission for the video to be freely distributed if it is used for educational purposes and is not sold.

File Download Type Time Size
Milne Part 1 (720p) WMV 14:09 431 MB
Milne Part 2 (720p) WMV 16:18 491 MB
Milne Part 3 (720p) WMV 13:04 401 MB
Milne Part 4 (720p) WMV 20:04 476 MB
Total runtime: 1 hr. 3 min.


This documentary is permanently installed in the Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Isle of Wight.


For more on John Milne

John Milne, Father of Modern Seismology, Herbert-Gustar, A. Leslie and Patrick A. Nott, Tenterden: Paul Norbury, 1980.

Earthquakes and Engineers: An International History, Robert Reitherman
(see especially chapter 5), ASCE Press, Reston, VA.

2004 CUREE Calendar: The Importance of the Development of Instruments in the history of Earthquake Engineering.

(also: 1998 CUREE Calendar: Historic Developments in the Evolution of Earthquake Engineering.)


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