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Norman,Robert

1. Dates
Born: fl
Died:
Dateinfo: Dates Certain
Lifespan:
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
Sources
  1. 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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1995 Al Van Helden
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