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Robert FitzRoy


Robert FitzRoy was captain of HMS Beagle when Darwin was aboard. From 1831 to 1836 the two men lived in the closest proximity, their relationship revealed by the letters they exchanged while Darwin left the ship to explore the countries visited during the…

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  • … hardships of command. In September 1831 he was informed by Francis Beaufort of the Admiralty that a …
  • … meteorology. FitzRoy was one of the first to implement the Beaufort system of recording wind force …

George Peacock


George Peacock was born 9 April 1791 in Denton near Darlington in Yorkshire. He was the son of a clergyman, the Rev. Thomas Peacock, curate of Denton for 50 years and school master. George was educated at Sedbergh School, Cumbria and Richmond School in…

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  • … Henslow, telling him that he has been asked by his friend Francis Beaufort (hydrographer to the …

Scientific Networks


Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … accepted, as did Henslow himself. Darwin will talk to Capt. Francis Beaufort [Hydrographer] and …