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  US Bazaar.com : Encyclopedia Pages : Robert Fitzroy
Robert FitzRoy was born at Ampton Hall, Suffolk, England into the upper echelons of the British aristocracy and a tradition of public service.
FitzRoy then wrote his account of the voyage, including editing the notes of the previous captain of the Beagle, which was completed and published in May 1839 as the Narrative of the surveying voyages of H.M.S. Adventure and Beagle in four volumes including Darwin's Journal and Remarks, 1832—1836 as the third volume.
FitzRoy was clearly dissociating himself from the new ideas of Charles Lyell which he had accepted during the voyage, and from Darwin's account which embraced these ideas, instead asserting a new commitment under the influence of his very religious wife to the doctrine of the established Church of England.
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 Robert Fitzroy - LoveToKnow 1911
ROBERT FITZROY (1805-1865), English vice-admiral, distinguished as a hydrographer and meteorologist, was born at Ampton Hall, Suffolk, on the 5th of July 1805, being a grandson, on the father's side, of the third duke of Grafton, and on the mother's, of the first marquis of Londonderry.
In 1835 Fitzroy had been advanced to the rank of captain and was now for the next few years principally employed in reducing and discussing his numerous observations.
Fitzroy was relieved by Sir George Grey in November 1845.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Robert_Fitzroy   (687 words)

 Fellow of the month - Robert FitzRoy
Robert FitzRoy is best known as the captain of 'HMS Beagle', the ship on which Darwin travelled as a passenger gathering evidence and ideas for 'The Origin of the Species';.
FitzRoy was only 26 years old as the voyage commenced, but was already an accomplished scientist having surveyed the coast of South America on a previous expedition.
FitzRoy's achievements in nautical surveying, astronomy, scientific navigation and chronometric measurements and his authorship of a 'Narrative of a Ten Years' Voyage of Discovery round the World' resulted in his election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1851.
www.royalsoc.ac.uk /page.asp?id=3296   (360 words)

 Science Show - 11 October 2003  - The Remarkable Captain FitzRoy
It's hardly FitzRoy's fault that he was born too late to discover Australia but the work he did on two surveying voyages along both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts of South America, still in the days of sail, ranks with the very best of its kind.
Robert FitzRoy was born in 1805, the year of the Battle of Trafalgar and he joined the Navy when he was 12.
FitzRoy was a keen amateur scientist as well as a superb navigator and he determined that if he ever went on such a voyage again he'd take with him a gentleman who could study the geology, flora and fauna of South America.
www.abc.net.au /rn/scienceshow/stories/2003/961165.htm   (1748 words)

 FitzRoy, Sir Charles Augustus (1796 - 1858) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
FITZROY, Sir CHARLES AUGUSTUS (1796-1858), governor-general, was born on 10 June 1796, the eldest son of General Lord Charles FitzRoy, the second son of the third Duke of Grafton, and Frances, daughter of Edward Miller Mundy, M.P., of Shipley Hall, Derbyshire, England.
Robert FitzRoy, sometime governor of New Zealand and commander of H.M.S. Beagle on her famous voyage, was a child of this marriage.
FitzRoy's quiet strengthening of the guard at Government House was blamed as a show of military force, and his cool reception of a deputation from the meeting was blamed as discourtesy.
www.adb.online.anu.edu.au /biogs/A010363b.htm?hilite=fitzroy   (4055 words)

 Robert Fitzroy
Robert FitzRoy was born at Ampton Hall, Suffolk, England, on 5 July 1805.
FitzRoy virtually invented the term 'forecasting' and did much to initiate the wide-ranging processes of a weather bureau, to the great benefit of those on land and sea alike.
Fitzroy was a staunch believer in a literal interpretation of Scripture; sought data to confirm the biblical account of creation and appealed to Darwin to recant his theory but to no avail.
www.juliantrubin.com /fitzroy.html   (1200 words)

 Observer | Man on a suicide mission
He was Captain Robert FitzRoy, by accident one of the most influential figures in British history and the subject of two fine new biographies that reveal the thwarted fate of a devout Christian who helped unleash Darwinism on the world.
FitzRoy, his confidence undermined by the Fuegian débcle, now feared a similar fate and he decided to take 'a well-educated and scientific person' as a companion to ward off the blues.
FitzRoy was a Tory and a supporter of slavery; Darwin was a Whig and an abolitionist.
observer.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4701097-102280,00.html   (1001 words)

 Met Office: Our founding father
Robert FitzRoy was born into an aristocratic family, at Ampton Hall in Suffolk in 1805.
In 1841 FitzRoy was elected as Member of Parliament for Durham and was made the Governor General of New Zealand in 1843 - although he was later dismissed.
In February 2002 the sea area Finisterre was renamed FitzRoy and in Exeter the Met Office's headquarters is situated on FitzRoy Road.
www.metoffice.gov.uk /corporate/pressoffice/fitzroy   (399 words)

 Weather Doctor's Weather People and History: Admiral Robert FitzRoy: The Rest of the Story
Admiral Robert FitzRoy is, unfortunately, remembered mostly today as a footnote to history: the captain of HMS Beagle when Charles Darwin went on his voyage of discover.
Robert FitzRoy's father Lord Charles studied at Cambridge University and rose to the rank of General in the British Army.
Robert FitzRoy was promoted to lieutenant on 7 September 1824, at the age of 19 and served aboard the frigate HMS Thetis.
www.islandnet.com /~see/weather/history/fitzroy-rest.htm   (2259 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Robert FitzRoy (1805 - 1865)
In 1841, Robert FitzRoy, a Tory, became the Rt Honorable Member for Durham, taking his seat in the House of Commons (a chamber of the British Parliament).
FitzRoy himself was only there by coincidence (or fate) to deliver a talk on storms in his capacity as a meterologist, but in the process got diverted into heckling Huxley, brandishing The Bible and shouting 'Here is the truth - in here!' As a result he was escorted from the building, humiliated.
Indeed, it was FitzRoy's utter competence as master-mariner and navigator that enabled the Beagle's safe passage home after months of intense surveying in the murderous weather that brutalises the southernmost tip of South America, where a less rigorous seaman might very easily have sailed Darwin into a watery grave.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A2344736   (1534 words)

 The Weather Doctor Almanac 2006 FitzRoy of the Weather Service
Robert FitzRoy entered the world with impressive and noble blood lines, tracing his line back to an illegitimate son born of King Charles II and Barbara Villiers in 1663.
Robert FitzRoy was born at the family estate Ampton Hall near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk on 5 July 1805.
FitzRoy was among the first to understand that weather in the middle latitudes moved generally from west to east, and although his mandate was to look only at conditions at sea, he began to broaden his interests to weather over the land as well.
www.islandnet.com /~see/weather/almanac/arc2006/alm06nov.htm   (3566 words)

 Charles Edwin Inc.-About Admiral Fitzroy
Robert Fitzroy, son of Lord Charles, was born at Ampton Hall, Suffolk, in 1805 and entered the Navy at the age of 12.
Admiral Fitzroy's Barometers were not designed by and were probably never seen by Admiral Fitzroy who took his own life in 1865 before the earliest known Fitzroys were made.
The earliest Fitzroys were made in the late 1860s, so it is probable that Fitzroy himself, who died by his own hand in 1865, never saw one.
www.charlesedwin.com /fitzroy.htm   (455 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Fitzroy was the first meteorologist to issue regular weather forecasts, a term he helped to popularize.
Rear Admiral Robert Fitzroy (1805-1865), Commander of the Beagle during the historic expedition with Charles Darwin, turned his attention to the study of weather after his retirement from naval duties.
By the end of 1860, the Times began printing daily weather predictions and Fitzroy rose to a prominent, though controversial, position as a consequence of his forecasts.
orpheus.ucsd.edu /speccoll/weather/18.htm   (158 words)

 Walkabout - Fitzroy Crossing
The Fitzroy River was first explored and named after Captain Robert Fitzroy (a former commander of the HMS Beagle) by Captain Stokes in 1838.
The local Aborigines resisted incursions from European pastoralists and the area around Fitzroy Crossing was the subject of some particularly bloody battles including one which resulted in the Aborigines retreating into Geikie Gorge followed by posses of police.
The Fitzroy Crossing region is full of interesting stories but there is perhaps none more ironic and telling that the battle over Noonkanbah Station southwest of the town.
www.walkabout.com.au /locations/WAFitzroyCrossing.shtml   (758 words)

 Science Museum | Heavy Weather | Admiral FitzRoy and the FitzRoy barometer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Admiral Robert FitzRoy was one of the first to attempt a scientific weather forecast.
FitzRoy's name was associated with several different types of barometers, though whether he could be called the inventor of all of them is questionable.
The FitzRoy barometers were enormously popular, both because of their ease of use and their association with the highly respected Admiral FitzRoy.
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk /on-line/heavy-weather/page2.asp   (573 words)

 FitzRoy's Bicentenary
FitzRoy soon rued his ill-conceived plan, which brought criticism from his superiors, but he saw it as a matter of honour to return the three surviving Fuegians as promised (the fourth Fuegian had died in England).
But FitzRoy saw himself as a man of science too, making his own natural history collections during the voyage (and, in the case of the famous Galapagos finches, labelling his finds far more accurately than Darwin, the man after whom they were later named).
FitzRoy was the perfect choice for the role: a man with a nautical background, who knew some science, and who would work religiously to save human lives.
darwin.gruts.com /articles/2005/fitzroy   (1528 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865)
Whilst in good care though, one of the Fuegians died of smallpox and, being a decent man at heart, Robert FitzRoy determined as soon as possible to return the remainder to their native Tierra del Fuego.
Indeed, it was FitzRoy's decisiveness, independence of action, rigid discipline and unbending sense of personal honour that gave his political adversaries the excuse they needed to have him recalled to England and replaced with a less independent representative.
But on 30 April 1865, Robert FitzRoy, now promoted to Vice Admiral, got up early without waking his wife, kissed his daughter, locked himself in his dressing room of his home in Upper Norwood, and cut his throat with a razor.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/h2g2/A1075501   (1436 words)

 FitzRoy, bibliographic notes
Born at Ampton Hall, Suffolk, on the 5th July, 1805, Robert FitzRoy was trained at the Royal Naval College, then a school for cadets, and entered the Navy in 1819.
He was gazetted Lieutenant in 1824 and appointed to the frigate Thetis, serving in the Mediterranean and on the coast of South America under the command of Sir John Philimore and Captain Bingham.
FitzRoy was advanced to the rank of Captain in 1835.
www.users.zetnet.co.uk /tempusfugit/marine/notes.htm   (1011 words)

 AboutDarwin.com - People of Note
FitzRoy was put in command of the Beagle in August 1828 after Capt. Stokes killed himself in Tierra del Fuego, South America.
FitzRoy was passed up for being chosen as Chief Navel Officer in the Marine Department, and in a fit of depression on April 30, 1865, he slit his throat.
Robert FitzRoy was preparing the Beagle for it's second survey mission he was eager to have a "gentleman naturalist" on the ship.
www.aboutdarwin.com /people/people_01.html   (7956 words)

 SparkNotes: Charles Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle, Part I
The voyage had been commissioned by the government to map the coast of South America and was being captained by Robert FitzRoy, a 26-year-old gentleman who had led a ship to South America the year before.
FitzRoy was eager to have the companionship of someone who, unlike the sailors and officers of the ship, was of his social class.
To Robert, it looked the attempt to make Charles into a respectable clergyman was about to fail as quickly as had his attempt to make him a physician.
www.sparknotes.com /biography/darwin/section5.rhtml   (767 words)

 AboutDarwin.com - Beagle Voyage
Just as they released anchor, a small boat from the Health Office came out to meet the Beagle and an officer informed Capt. FitzRoy that they were prevented from going ashore due to a cholera outbreak in England.
FitzRoy, eager that no time would be lost on their primary mission, gave orders for the ship to proceed to the Cape Verde Islands.
The rocks were a hazard to passing ships and Capt. FitzRoy wanted to get an accurate chronometric reading on their location, so two boats were sent to examine the rocks amid the shark infested waters.
www.aboutdarwin.com /voyage/voyage03.html   (881 words)

 Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands
The unofficial mission was to repatriate three Tierra del Fuegian natives captured by FitzRoy during the previous voyage of the Beagle.
Fuegians were normally hostile to shipwrecked sailors and FitzRoy hoped that by educating these captives and teaching them English manners, they would ultimately convert their countrymen to developing a friendly attitude towards sailors.
FitzRoy was terrified of the lonliness and isolation that he would face as captain (the captain on the previous voyage, on which FitzRoy was first mate, committed suicide, and FitzRoy himself was emotionally high-strung and mentally unstable).
www.rit.edu /~rhrsbi/GalapagosPages/Darwin.html   (746 words)

 Captain Robert Fitzroy of the H.M.S Beagle Journey to Galapagos Islands
On this second voyage Robert FitzRoy visited the Cape Verde Islands, the South American Coast, the Strait of Magellan, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, the Maldives, and Mauritius before returning to England.
In 1854 Robert FitzRoy became the head of the British Meteorological Department where he was a pioneer of weather forecasting.
Admiral Robert FitzRoy virtually invented the term forecasting and did much to initiate the wide-ranging processes of a weather bureau, to the great benefit of those on land and sea alike.
www.galapagos-islands-tourguide.com /robert-fitzroy.html   (655 words)

 Darwin | American Museum of Natural History
Captain Robert FitzRoy had extremely high standards for any ship he intended to command-and the money to back up his wishes.
Darwin was blindfolded, flipped into a sail filled with water and roughly "shaved" with a piece of iron for a razor, and tar for shaving cream.
Robert FitzRoy was a wealthy nobleman, a descendant of the Duke of Grafton and the Marquis of Londonderry.
www.amnh.org /exhibitions/darwin/trip/ship.php   (321 words)

 Amilik   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Best known for his explorations in the Beagle with Charles Darwin, Robert FitzRoy is a well-known name in the Argentinian Patagonia.
In 1828, FitzRoy was given his first command, the Beagle, which was carrying out the survey of the coasts of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan.
FitzRoy was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1851, supported by 13 fellows, including Charles Darwin.
www.amilik.com /patagonia/history/fitzroy.html   (405 words)

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