Robert fitzroy
Robert fitzroy
Admiral Robert Fitzroy RN
(1805-1865)

Died aged c. 60

Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy RN (5 July 1805 – 30 April 1865) was an English officer of the Royal Navy and a scientist. He achieved lasting fame as the captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's famous voyage, FitzRoy's second expedition to Tierra del Fuego and the Southern Cone. FitzRoy was a pioneering meteorologist who made accurate daily weather predictions, which he called by a new name of his own invention: "forecasts". In 1854 he established what would later be called the Met Office, and created systems to get weather information to sailors and fishermen for their safety. He was an able surveyor and hydrographer. As Governor of New Zealand, serving from 1843 to 1845, he tried to protect the Maori from illegal land sales claimed by British settlers.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Photo of Robert Fitzroy blue plaque
Spudgun67 on Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Robert Fitzroy green plaque
John Levin on Flickr
Photo of Charles Darwin, Robert Fitzroy, and Beagle bronze plaque
chrisinplymouth on Flickr

Admiral Robert Fitzroy 1805-1865 hydrographer and meteorologist lived here

38 Onslow Square, Kensington and Chelsea, SW7, London, United Kingdom where he lived

Admiral Robert Fitzroy 1805-1865 explorer and pioneer of weather forecasting. Captain of HMS Beagle that took Darwin to the Galapagos Islands

140 Church Road, Upper Norwood, London, United Kingdom where he was

Charles Darwin At daybreak on 27-12-1831 H M Survey Ship Beagle. commanded by Captain R. Fitzroy RN departed its anchorage in Barn Pool, opposite this point. Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ resulted directly from experiences gained during this voyage to South America.

, Plymouth, United Kingdom where he sailed from (1831)