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japanambassadorcarisbrooke2 The Japanese Ambassador has visited the Isle of Wight today (Monday) to officially open an exhibition celebrating the life and work of seismologist, Professor John Milne, who retired to the Island in 1895.

His Excellency Mr Keiichi Hayashi visited Carisbrooke Castle Museum this morning  to open the exhibition, which was held to commemorate the centenary of Milne’s death in 1913.

japanambassadorcarisbrooke3He was met by Mrs Judi Griffin MBE JP DL, chairman of trustees for Carisbrooke Castle Museum, alongside the Island’s High Sheriff Mary Case and the Island’s MP Andrew Turner.

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During his short stay, which started yesterday, his excellency has also has paid a visit to Osborne House and Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

The museum holds many artifacts relating to Professor Milne and his study of seismology, both on the Island and in Japan – where he was based for the majority of his career.

japanambassadorcarisbrooke1Professor Milne invented the horizontal pendulum seismograph, a device that changed the way earthquakes were predicted and measured. His work led to him being decorated by the Japanese Emperor and given the title of Emeritus Professor of Seismology at Tokyo University. And he was awarded the medal of the Order of the Rising Sun.

Judi Griffin MBE JP DL, chairman of trustees at Carisbrooke Castle Museum, said: “We are honoured that Mr Hayashi accepted our invitation to open our exhibition which celebrates the life of Professor Milne, who contributed so much to our understanding of seismology, and who lived at Shide on the Island for 20 years until his death here in 1913.”

Carisbrooke Castle Museum is the only museum in Britain founded by a member of the royal family – Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, in 1898. It is run by an independent charitable trust  within the grounds of Carisbrooke Castle which is cared for by English Heritage.

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