Jose Maria Algue

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José María Algué, SJ (29 December 1856 – 27 May 1930), was a Spanish Roman Catholic priest and meteorologist in the observatory of Manila. He invented the barocyclonometer, the nephoscope, and a kind of microseismograph. The barocyclonometer was officially adopted by the US Navy and warships of the North Atlantic Squadron were equipped with them around 1914.[1] Father Algué was an honorary member of the Royal Society of London and the Pontificia Accademia Romana.


  • (1897). Baguíos y Ciclones Filipinos
  • (1897). El Barociclonómetro
  • (1898). Las Nubes en el Archipiélago Filipino
  • (1898). El Baguio de Samar y Leyte, Octubre 12-13, 1897
  • (1900). El Archipiélago Filipino
  • (1904). Atlas de Filipinas

Works in English translation


  1. (1914) Annual Report of the Secretary of War, Volume 3. War Department, US Government Press. 


  • Udías Vallina, Agustín (2003). Searching the Heavens and the Earth. The History of the Jesuit Observatories, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, p. 293.
  • Walsh, James J. Science in the Philippines, New York.
  • Warren, James Francis (2009). "Scientific Superman: Father José Algué, Jesuit Meteorology, and the Philippines under American Rule, 1897-1924." In Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State, Part VIII, University of Wisconsin Press.