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Fitzroy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast

Biography / MemoirOut of Print

By: John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin

336 pages, B/w photos, b/w illus

Headline Book Publishing

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #142264 | ISBN: 0755311817
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The authoritative biography of Darwin's captain on the Beagle and the man who invented the weather forecast. Admiral FitzRoy made his name as a captain on the HMS Beagle. It was for his second voyage on the ship (1832-36) that he decided to ask Charles Darwin to accompany him, and it was during this time that Darwin began to develop the ideas that would lead him to his theory of evolution by natural selection. But there was so much more to FitzRoy than this: he was an MP, he was the second governor of New Zealand form 1843-45 when he made himself unpopular with the settlers by upholding Maori rights, and in 1854 he set up the Meteorological Office so for the first time sailors could know what weather to expect when they set sail.

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