Ted Pedas “Science at Sea

Dr. Edward M. Brooks

Caribbean Eclipse '98 - Voyage to Darkness aboard Sun Line's Solaris
Asian Eclipse '95 - Voyage to Darkness aboard Orient Line's Marco Polo
Halley's Comet Cruises
Big Sky Eclipse '79 - Montana
Eclipse '77 - Voyage to Darkness aboard Sitmar's Fairwind
African Eclipse '73 - Voyage to Darkness aboard P&O's Canberra
Olympia Eclipse '72 - Voyage to Darkness aboard Greek Line's Olympia

[Photo Edward M. Brooks] Dr. Edward M. Brooks, professor emeritus of fluid geophysics at Boston College, is recognized as one of the world's leading eclipse meteorologists. For four decades his analyses of meteorological circumstances surrounding forthcoming eclipses have been utilized by professional and amateur astronomers throughout the world. Dr. Brooks has made eclipse meteorology his lifelong specialty.

Most recently Dr. Brooks was employed as a guest professor at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he specialized in weather analysis and tropical meteorology. Four times a day he observed volcanic aerosols from the 1982 El Chichon eruptions in Mexico and the dust and sand in the air at Jeddah. He also extrapolated the dates and hours of new moons to the year 2021 for the Hijra calendar.

In the '70's Dr. Brooks spent more than two years at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he taught meteorology courses. He also contributed weather research on the changes in the climate of the city of Sao Paulo due to its rapid growth.

Previously Dr. Brooks spent a year in Taiwan, where he tested his method of predicting when and where typhoons would form. He also studied the problem of flooding from typhoons and taught at the National Taiwan University.

A meteorological consultant for many educational and commercial organizations, including the crop futures market of the Chicago Board of Trade, Dr. Brooks has developed a deep awareness of problems facing Earth's environment and ecology.

While in Brazil and other southerly latitudes, Dr. Brooks became familiar with the heavens below the celestial equator. Voyage to Darkness passengers always find his vast astronomical experience useful when they meet him on the open decks for celestial observations that can be made best from the dark skies at sea.

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