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.
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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 Hero||3|
|1||Before the Beagle||7|
|3||Interlude in England||77|
|5||The Darwin Voyage||123|
|6||The Happy Return||177|
|7||Difficulties Down Under||199|
|9||Prophet without Honor||249|
|Appendix I||Loose Ends||295|
|Appendix II||FitzRoy's C.V.||301|
|Appendix III||Vice Admiral FitzRoy||307|
|Sources and Further Reading||311|