Robert Fitzroy and the myth of the ‘Marsden Square’: Transatlantic rivalries in early marine meteorology

@article{Agnew2004RobertFA,
  title={Robert Fitzroy and the myth of the ‘Marsden Square’: Transatlantic rivalries in early marine meteorology},
  author={Duncan Carr Agnew},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={2004},
  volume={58},
  pages={21 - 46}
}
  • D. Agnew
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Marine data (especially in meteorology) are often grouped geographically using a set of numbered 10° latitude–longitude squares known as Marsden squares, which are usually attributed to William Marsden, Secretary of the Admiralty (and Vice–President of The Royal Society), who supposedly invented them early in the nineteenth century. Available records suggest that this system was in fact probably invented by Robert FitzRoy soon after his appointment as head of the British Meteorological Office… Expand

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