|Dr. Thomas Jaggar and wife, Isabel Maydwell – 1917
He did not wear a cape and cannot compare with the legendary Pele, but the work of Volcanologist, Thomas Jaggar, lives on in humble heroic fashion at Kilauea. Visitors to Volcano are often unaware that Jaggar was the driving force in establishing the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and one of the key lobbyist for the creation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. His subterranean studies of volcanic activity have given contemporary scientists a greater understanding of eruptions and the potential to predict their fury, thus saving the lives of countless thousands around the world who reside along the slopes of active volcanoes.
|Kilauea Eruption – 1924
Jaggar dedicated his entire life (1871-1953) to Geology and Earth Sciences. While earning a Ph.D. from Harvard and when Chair of MIT’s Department of Geology, he spent this first part of his career conducting research primarily in a lab setting. He knew in order to expand his knowledge of the earth’s core field study was imperative.
|(L-R) Norton Twigg-Smith, Thomas Jaggar, Lorin Thurston, Joe Monez & Alex Lancaster
Arriving to lecture in Honolulu in 1909, he soon convinced businessman Lorrin Twigg-Smith that Kilauea on The Big Island was the ideal location to
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