Person    | Male  Born 5/7/1805  Died 30/4/1865

Admiral Robert Fitzroy

Categories: Science

Hydrographer and meteorologist. Born Ampton Hall, Suffolk. He attended the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth and eventually took command of The Beagle, with Charles Darwin as a passenger. In his later career, he entered parliament, became governor of New Zealand and pioneered weather forecasting, indeed coined the term "forecast". The shipping forecast area Finisterre was renamed after him in 2002. In his later years he became increasingly deaf and despondent.  He committed suicide at his home, Lyndhurst, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Admiral Robert Fitzroy

Commemorated atInformation

Admiral Robert Fitzroy - SE19

Admiral Robert Fitzroy, 1805 - 1865, explorer and pioneer of weather forecast...

Read More

Admiral Robert Fitzroy - SW7

Greater London Council Admiral Robert Fitzroy, 1805-1865, hydrographer and me...

Read More

Other Subjects

Captain William Mudge

Captain William Mudge

Surveyor. Born Plymouth, godson of Samuel Johnson. Served in South Carolina. 1791 joined the Ordnance Trigonometrical Survey and became its director in 1798. Thus a very important figure in the wor...

Person, Armed Forces, Science, USA

1 memorial
Sir Andrew Ramsay

Sir Andrew Ramsay

Born Glasgow. Geologist. In 1851 first Chair of Geology at the School of Mines (later Imperial College). Specialised in the geology of Arran and Wales. Died at home in Anglesey.Sir William Rams...

Person, Science, Scotland

1 memorial
William Lilly

William Lilly

Master astrologer. Born Leicestershire. Allegedly predicted the Great Fire of London 14 years before it happened. He was accused of having started the fire and was tried but, there being no evid...

Person, Science

1 memorial
Charles 3rd Earl Stanhope

Charles 3rd Earl Stanhope

Politician and scientist. Born in London and educated at Eton and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. A brief browse on the web brought up Stanhope's name in association with inventions in the f...

Person, Politics & Administration, Science

1 memorial
Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford

Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford

Inventor and adventurer. Born Woburn, Massachusetts. Having spied for the British in America he moved to England in 1776, was knighted by King George III, moved to Germany where he gained the titl...

Person, Politics & Administration, Science, France, Germany, USA

1 memorial