The Life of William Scoresby

The Life of William Scoresby

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Robert Scoresby-Jackson (1833-67), physician and geographer, was the grandson of Arctic explorer and whaler William Scoresby senior, and nephew to Arctic explorer, scientist, clergyman and social reformer William Scoresby junior (1789-1857). First published in 1861, this biography recounts the many years the younger Scoresby spent exploring the northern seas, and his life after his trips to the Arctic ceased. Scoresby entered the Anglican church in 1822, and went on to work in several parishes across England. The book also describes Scoresby's personal tragedies, his efforts towards social reform, and his important research on magnetism, on which he worked for much of his adult life. The appendix includes a list of his publications, the honours bestowed on him, and an extract from his will bequeathing some of his most valued instruments to the public museum at Whitby, the home port for his and his father's early whaling expeditions.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 1 map
  • 1139151274
  • 9781139151276

Table of contents

Preface; 1. 1789-1802. Ancestry; 2. 1803-7. Apprentice with his father; 3. 1807. Story of his voyage to Copenhagen; 4. 1808-10. Introduction to Sir Joseph Banks; 5. 1811-15. Marriage; 6. 1815-17. Visit to London; 7. 1817-18. Revival of the Arctic expeditions; 8. 1819-20. Commences his work on the Arctic regions; 9. 1821-2. Voyage of 1821; 10. 1822. Retreat of the whale to the east coast of Greenland; 11. 1824. Sir Walter Scott; 12. 1824-7. Obstacles; 13. 1827-38. Mariner's Church; 14. 1839-47. Degree of D.D.; 15. 1847-53. Second visit to America; 16. Various years. Magnetical investigations; 17. 1855-7. Voyage to Australia for magnetic research; Appendix.
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