Edmond Halley1699/1700

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Side view of a Doctorfish, Acanthurus chirurgus, inscribed above in ink: "A Doctor Fish taken at the Isle of Sall [?] being half as bigg as the life”.

At a meeting of the Royal Society on 6 November 1700: "Dr. Sloane shewed a book of Albegetti's of artillery, and done according to Gallilae...Capt. Hally was desired to give the So: an acct. of this book in writing. The same produced several sketches of fishes, and of the Batavian Islands, for which he was thanked, and ye sketches ordered to be put into the Repository. The fishes were of two sorts of flying fish &c." Royal Society Journal Book Original, JBO/10/198.

Edmond Halley (1656-1742), British astronomer, was commissioned captain in 1698 and commanded the voyages of HMS Paramour in the South Atlantic.


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