Robert FitzRoy, caricature

Robert FitzRoy, caricature

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Caption: Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865). Caricature of the British meteorologist and Royal Navy vice-admiral, Robert FitzRoy, showing him with a large nose and ears. FitzRoy is best known for captaining the HMS Beagle during its famous voyage on which Charles Darwin was a passenger. FitzRoy did a great deal of scientific work himself, in geographical surveying, navigation, astronomy and chronometric measurement. After serving as Governor of New Zealand from 1843-5, he developed an interest in meteorology and pioneered accurate weather-forecasting. His methods were controversial among his peers, and the challenges of establishing a weather service led to his depression and eventual suicide.

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