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Author Gribbin, John, 1946-

Title FitzRoy : the remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecast / John and Mary Gribbin.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2004.

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 Moore Stacks  QC858.F5 G75 2004    Available  ---
Description xii, 336 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-313) and index.
Contents A very British hero -- Before the Beagle -- First command -- Interlude in England -- FitzRoy's passenger -- The Darwin voyage -- The happy return -- Difficulties down under -- Unrequited hopes -- Prophet without honor.
Summary The name of Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle, is forever linked with that of his most famous passenger, Charles Darwin. This exceptionally interesting biography brings FitzRoy out of Darwin's shadow for the first time, revealing a man who experienced high adventure, suffered tragic disappointments, and, as the inventor of weather forecasting, saved the lives of countless fellow mariners. John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin draw a detailed portrait of FitzRoy, recounting the wide range of his accomplishments and exploring the motivations that drove him. As a very young and successful commander in the British navy, FitzRoy led a life in the mold of a Patrick O'Brien novel. Later disappointments, including an unpopular tenure as governor of New Zealand and a sense of dismay over his own contributions to Darwin's ideas of evolution, troubled FitzRoy. Even his groundbreaking accomplishments in meteorological science failed to satisfy his high personal expectations, and in 1865 FitzRoy committed suicide at the age of sixty. This biography focuses well-deserved attention on FitzRoy's status as a scientist and seaman, affirming that his was a life that, despite its sorrowful end, encompassed far more successes than failures. The adventurous life and many accomplishments of the sea captain who invited Charles Darwin aboard.
Subject Fitzroy, Robert, 1805-1865.
Admirals -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Meteorology -- History -- 19th century.
Added Author Gribbin, Mary.
ISBN 0300103611 (cloth : alk. paper)