- Henry Foster (scientist)
Henry Foster (1796 –
5 February 1831) was a British naval officer who took part in expeditions to the Arcticand Antarcticand made various notable scientific observations.
In his early career, he served aboard HMS "York". Later, he served aboard HMS "Griper" as part of the
British Naval Scientific Expeditionled by Douglas Clavering, assisting the astronomer Edward Sabine. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society.
In 1824 as a lieutenant, he joined the
Northwest Passageexpedition led by William Edward Parry, aboard HMS "Hecla". He made various scientific observations in magnetismand astronomyand pendulummeasurements of gravity, for which he shared the Copley Medalin 1827 and received the rank of commander. Later in 1827 he joined the British Naval North Polar Expedition, again under the leadership of Parry.
From 1828 – 1831 he was commander of HMS "Chanticleer" and led the British Naval Expedition to the South Atlantic including the
South Shetland Islandsand notably Deception Island. He drowned in the Chagres Riverin Panamain 1831.
Port Foster in
Deception Islandis named after him.
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