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FitzRoy : Capitán del Beagle

Author: John Gribbin; Mary Gribbin; Alistair Tremps
Publisher: Barcelona : Editorial Juventud, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Spanish : 1. edView all editions and formats
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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, and, as the inventor of weather forecasting, saved the lives of countless fellow mariners. John Gribbin and Mary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Robert Fitzroy; Robert Fitzroy
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gribbin; Mary Gribbin; Alistair Tremps
ISBN: 8426135366 9788426135360
OCLC Number: 77516721
Language Note: Text in Spanish.
Notes: "La asombrosa historia del hombre que fue indispensable para que Darwin desarrollara su obra y que mejoró la seguridad de los navegantes."
Description: xii, 334 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John y Mary Gribbin ; traducción de Alistair Tremps.

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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, and, as the inventor of weather forecasting, saved 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 led a life in the mold of a Patrick O'Brien 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 that, despite its sorrowful end, encompassed far more successes than failures. The adventurous life and many accomplishments of the sea captain who invited Charles Darwin aboard.

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