Edward Francis Pigot (1858-1929) spent the last twenty-four years of his life as Director of the Observatory of the Jesuit ‘Riverview’ College, Sydney, Australia. Specialising in seismology and earth deformation, he established a worldwide reputation for his work in this field. In the years to 1911 he also participated in two eclipse expeditions. Irish-born Pigot, a fine musician from his youth, graduated first in arts and medicine and became a medical missionary in China until ill health forced his move into scientific work at Zi-Ka-Wei near Shanghai before moving finally to Riverview in 1907. Pigot's personality gained him many friends in the international seismology field. They included the Japanese F. Omori, the German G. Angenheister, and the Russian Count B. Galitsin.

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