Naval officer, hydrographer and meteorologist. Commander of H.M.S. Beagle, 1828–36. Tory M.P. for Durham, 1841–3. Governor of New Zealand, 1843–5. Superintendent of the dockyard at Woolwich, 1848–50. Chief of the meteorological department at the Board of Trade, 1854; chief of the Meteorological Office from 1855. Rear-admiral, 1857; vice-admiral, 1863. FRS 1851.
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