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Darwin Memorial Lecture
Sun 10 Feb 2019

Darwin Memorial Lecture

Frankwell QuayShrewsburySY3 8FT

Walker Theatre

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The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery present

DARWIN MEMORIAL LECTURE

'Robert FitzRoy: a Napoleon or a Nelson'
Dr Peter Hall

Charles Darwin's captain on HMS Beagle was no ordinary man. The grandson of a prime minister, nephew to Lord Castlereagh and a superb sailor, when a young Darwin met FitzRoy in 1831 he was overwhelmed by FitzRoy's bravery. energy and generosity 'to all under his sway'.

It was the beginning of a long acquaintance that passed from friendship to animosity. FitzRoy's many virtues were outset by a violent, ungovernable temper and an impetuous streak that brought him notoriety in later life. This lecture looks back at Robert FitzRoy's extraordinary life as a sailor and a scientist, his relationship with Darwin and his role as the founding father of the Met Office.

Peter Moore is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He teaches at City University and the University of Oxford. He has written widely on Britain in the Age of Enlightenment. His book The Weather Experiment, traced early efforts to forecast the weather. It was named one of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was adapted for a BBC4 documentary series. His latest work is 'Endeavour: the ship and the attitude that changed the world'. He lives in London.

START TIME 2.30PM
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