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John Gribben is a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex. He has long been interested in the weather and is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society Mary Gribbin is a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex. Mary has a special interest in exploration and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society… (plus d'informations)
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Fitzroy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast par John Gribbin

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This is a book that many readers have long awaited. References to Captain Fitzroy abound in many other biographies and in many history and seafaring books, and he has long fascinated me. There were some glimpses of Fitzroy in The Voyage of the Beagle, in the letters of Charles Darwin and in a recent book about Weather Forecasting (http://www.librarything.com/work/121909/book/77910001) by Charles Connolly where is was noted that after more than a hundred years the Captains work in creating Weather Maps was formally, if belatedly, recognized by renaming a forecast area in the Bay of Biscay as Fitzroy. But this life was needed to round-out the man, and John Gribbin has done exactly that, drawing a fuller picture of Darwin’s Captain and his astonishing accomplishments as discover, seafarer and Governor of New Zealand. Fitzroy was a compassionate man, despite his ‘black moods’ and when asked if he expected trouble from the New Zealanders on his appointment he is said to have replied; ”Only the whites.” In this he was right as his attempt to ensure fair treatment of the Maori infuriated many settlers and led to his recall.
He rounded out an impressive career by virtually inventing the (still regrettably unreliable) science of Weather Forecasting and Weather Maps particularly for Naval safety. Descended from an illustrious family, including one of the English Kings he terminated his own life, as did his father, by locking himself in his bathroom and slitting his throat with his razor.
Gribbin has created a masterly account of this man of genius.
  John_Vaughan | Oct 17, 2011 |
The sadness of Robert FitzRoy's life lies in the subtitle of this superb and moving biography: "the remarkable story of Darwin's captain and the invention of the weather forecast". A brilliant mariner, FitzRoy was an MP, governor of New Zealand, and the pioneer of weather forecasting. Yet history has come to see him simply as "Darwin's captain", master of the Beagle and her most famous passenger. This is natural, given the importance of Darwin's time on the ship for his theory of natural selection. But John and Mary Gribbin point out that, had it not been for FitzRoy, we would all refer to "Wallacian theory", after Alfred Russel Wallace's identical ideas.
 

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John Gribben is a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex. He has long been interested in the weather and is a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society Mary Gribbin is a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex. Mary has a special interest in exploration and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

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