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FitzRoy von John Gribbin

FitzRoy John Gribbin

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Zusammenfassung

This exceptionally interesting biography brings Robert FitzRoy--captain of the Beagle--out of Charles Darwin's shadow for the first time and spotlights his groundbreaking weather forecasting skills.

FitzRoy Zusammenfassung

FitzRoy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast John Gribbin

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, andas the inventor of weather forecastingsaved 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 s life was in the mold of a Patrick O Brian 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 which, despite its sorrowful end, encompassed many more successes than failures.

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FitzRoy Bewertungen

"[A] superb and moving biography."--Toby Green, "Independent"

" A superb and moving biography."--Toby Green, "Independent"

"[A] superb and moving biography."-- Toby Green, "Independent"

"[A] superb and moving biography." Toby Green, "Independent"
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"[A] superb and moving biography." Toby Green, Independent
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"[The] finely drawn portrait that emerges from FitzRoy is of a very British hero in the mould of Nelson, who sacrificed his health and personal fortune in the service of his country." Gavin Bell, Daily Telegraph
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Über John Gribbin

John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin are visiting fellows at the University of Sussex. John Gribbin has long been interested in the weather and is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. Mary Gribbin has a special interest in exploration and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Together they have written many books on science topics.

Zusätzliche Informationen

GOR003569706
9780300103618
0300103611
FitzRoy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast John Gribbin
Gebraucht - Sehr Gut
Gebundene Ausgabe
Yale University Press
2004-08-11
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