- 1. Dates
- Born: fl
- Dateinfo: Dates Certain
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Unknown
- No information on financial status.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: apparently English
- Career: what we know of was in England
- Death: apparently English
- 4. Education
- Schooling: No University
- No record.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Anglican
- By assumption.
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Navigation, Magnetism
- Norman is best known for his book, The Newe Attractive, 1581, a treatise on the loadstone which derives from his observations of the dipping phenomenon in the compasses he made.
- The Safegarde of Saylers, 1590, was a book of sailing directions translated from the Dutch.
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Sailing, Int A Sailor.
- Secondary: Norman Was Known As The Maker Of Superior Navigational
instruments, which he sold at Radcliffe.
- 8. Patronage
- Type: Government Official
- Dedicated his book to William Borough, Comptroller of the navy, for his encouragement and friendly affection.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: Instruments, Navigation
- Navigational instruments, including magnetic compasses with a wax counterbalance to counteract the dip.
- See also his book on navigation above.
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Memberships: None
- Dictionary of National Biography (repr., London: Oxford University Press, 1949-1950), 14, 559. There is not much information about Norman.
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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