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William Scoresby
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Born in Whitby, North Yorkshire
Born on 5th of October 1789
Died on 21st of March 1857

Born 1789. Died 1857 - English explorer and scientist.

Studied chemistry and natural philosophy at Edinburgh University. Wrote first scientific records of Arctic seas and lands. Surveyed east coast of Greenland. Ordained in 1825. Studied terrestrial magnetism in Australia, improved the marine compass. Elected FRS in 1824.

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