Reverand George Fisher - Artic Astronomer
Reverend George Fisher (1794-1873), a little-known but talented man from the nineteenth century, is the subject of this discourse.
Fisher's father passed away while he was a young child, despite coming from a wealthy household, thus he started working for the Westminster Fire Company at an early age. Members of the Royal Society took notice of his aptitude for mathematics and passion, and he was subsequently enrolled as an undergraduate at St Catherine's College in Cambridge.
After a year spent on a naval expedition north of Spitzbergen, trying to find a way across the Arctic Ocean, which forced him to abandon his undergraduate studies, he worked as an astronomer on Captain William Parry's 1821-3 expedition to find the north-west route out of Hudson's Bay, Canada.
A wonderful account of the journey written by Parry acknowledged Fisher's extraordinary accomplishments (an astronomer in his own right). After his naval duty was over, he was appointed headmaster of the Naval College School in Greenwich, where he built an observatory. I found out about him when he relocated to the Midlands, where I grew up.
Thursday, 30th June 2022 (19:45 - 22:00)
Own room upstairs in SWMC (bottom club) £2 visitors fee
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Swinton Working Mens Club, 4 Station St, Swinton, Mexborough (19:45 - 22:00) talk - is now available on Eventbrite for visitors.
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/330780662867, South Yorkshire S64 8AU
Thu 30 June