Henry Raper

Date 1799 - 1859
Biographical NotesNaval officer and writer on Navigation. Son of Admiral Henry Raper (1767-1845). Entered navy in 1811. Joined the Royal Naval College in 1812, passing with distinction and winning a medal for mathematics. Spent active career in the Navy, voyaging to China, South America, and surveying the Mediterranean. In 1823 he virtually retired over an imagined slight by the Navy to his father, and dedicated himself to nautical science. Became a fellow and repeatedly served on the counsels of both of the Royal Geographical and Royal Astronomical societies (of which he was also secretary 1839 to 1842). In 1840 he published 'Practice of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy', which won a gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society. He also published 'Rules for Finding Distances and Heights at Sea' (1831), and 'Sailing Directions for the Western Coast of Africa' (1849). See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of Hints to Travellers (1854) in The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London