Inigo Owen Jones
(1 December 1872 - 14 November 1954) was a meteorologist and farmer. He was born in Croydon
to Owen Jones a civil engineer and a descendant of the architect Inigo Jones
. His mother was from the Bernoulli family
of mathematicians, and Inigo attributed his interest in metereology and astronomy to this background.
In 1874 Jones's parents migrated to Australia
, settling on a property called Crohamhurst in the Glass House Mountains
north of Brisbane
in eastern Queensland. He became interested in meteorology while working on the family farm. The Queensland Government
metereologist Clement Lindley Wragge
was so impressed with Inigo's ability as a schoolboy that he recruited him as an assistant in 1888.
He was for many years a synodsman of the Brisbane diocese of the Church of England.
Jones studied the variation in sunspot
cycles that had been discovered by Edouard Bruckner, and came to the conclusion that anomalies were caused by the interaction of the planets Jupiter
. This became the basis of his long-range weather forecasts, although he never claimed to be able to make day-to-day predictions. Although Jones failed to have his methods recognised as soundly based, by any substantial body of accredited scientific opinion he was widely recognised for his successes, especially by farmers.
Inigo Jones became a full-time forecaster and lecturer in 1927 and founded the privately operated Crohamhurst Observatory in south-east......