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Edward Sabine 
Fifth son and ninth child of Joseph Sabine of Tewin, Hertfordshire.
 
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
14 October 1788 Born (Dublin).
1803 Entered Royal Artillery as 2nd lieutenant.
1813 Captain.
1814 Commanded the batteries in the siege of Fort Erie.
1818 Astronomer in the first Arctic expedition of Sir John Ross.
1818 Fellow of the Royal Society.
18191820Astronomer in Sir William Edward Party's expedition.
18211823Travelled in the Southern hemisphere, using careful pendulum experiments to determine the shape of the earth.
18401860Superintendant of magnetic observatories in the colonies.
18501861Vice-president of the Royal Society.
6 April 1852 Announced that the 11 year sunspot cycle was "absolutely identical" with the geomagnetic cycle.
14 June 1856 Major-General.
18611870President of the Royal Society.
20 September 1865 Lieutenant-General.
27 July 1869 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath).
1870 General.
1877 Retired from Army.
26 June 1883 Died (Richmond, London).
Literature: (DNB; Levere).

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