by John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin

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

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 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's life was in the mold of a Patrick O'Brian novel. This biography focuses well-deserved attention on FitzRoy's status as a master scientist and seaman.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152984347
Publisher: ReAnimus Press
Publication date: 04/20/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Cambridge, and is a science writer and a visiting Fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction.

Mary Gribbin studied psychology at the University of Sussex and is best known as a writer of science books for young readers.

Table of Contents

A Very British Hero3
1Before the Beagle7
2First Command43
3Interlude in England77
4FitzRoy's Passenger89
5The Darwin Voyage123
6The Happy Return177
7Difficulties Down Under199
8Unrequited Hopes237
9Prophet without Honor249
Appendix ILoose Ends295
Appendix IIFitzRoy's C.V.301
Appendix IIIVice Admiral FitzRoy307
Sources and Further Reading311

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