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Robert Fitzroy
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Military Personnel
    (July 5, 1805-April 30, 1865)
    Entered Royal Naval College at 13
    Joined Navy in 1819
    Became Lieutenant in 1824
    Appointed as Flag Lieutenant to Rear Admiral Sir Robert Otway
    Given his first command, the Beagle, in 1828
    Surveyed southernmost South American coast and Straits of Magellan
    Explored Galapagos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, the Maldives and Tahiti, with naturalist Charles Darwin in 1831
    Married Henrietta O'Brien in 1836
    Re-married Maria Isabella Smyth in 1954 after death of first wife
    Was Tory member of Parliament in 1841
    Appointed Governor of New Zealand in 1843
    Dismissed in 1846 over political disagreement
    Became head of British Meteorological Department in 1854
    Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1857
    Became Vice Admiral in 1863
    Invented 'Fitzroy Storm-Glass,' the first cheap and accurate barometer
    Committed suicide in 1865
    His second wife, Marie Isabella Smyth, was the daughter of his cousin.
    Even though his voyage gave rise to the career of Charles Darwin, who would become a major enemy of Creationist doctrine, he was a devout Christian.
    He begged Darwin to recant his theory of evolution, but was unsuccessful.
    He and Darwin frequently argued over religion, and Darwin was once banned from the dinner table for three days.
    He initially did not want Darwin to accompany him on the voyage because he did not like Darwin's nose, believing that it showed a 'lack of character.'
    He excelled at academics, fencing, dancing and drawing.
    He graduated from the Naval College with honors.
    He was the first person ever to ace the Navy's Lieutenant exam.
    His voyages allowed exploration of the far reaches of South America, to Tierra del Fuego and the Magellan Straits at the southern-most tip of the continent.
    The 'Beagle Channel' in Patagonia is named after his voyage.
    He is acknowledged as the father of modern weather forecasting and pioneered the use of barometric pressure to predict storms.
    He was a member of the Royal Society.
    He was dismissed from his position as New Zealand's governor because he supported the land claims of the native Maori people.
    He took his own life due to stress and depression brought on by his tireless work.

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