|Birth Day||January 14, 1806|
|Age||67 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||Feb 1, 1873 (age 67)|
Matthew Fontaine Maury was a renowned oceanographer from Virginia whose net worth is estimated to be between $100,000 to $1 million in 2023. Maury's contributions to the field of oceanography were significant, as he played a crucial role in the development of modern navigation techniques and weather forecasting. His groundbreaking work in charting ocean currents and studying winds and tides revolutionized seafaring and greatly enhanced maritime safety. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks throughout his career, Maury's expertise and dedication to his craft propelled him to become one of the most respected scientists in his field. His legacy as an oceanographer continues to influence the discipline, making him an invaluable figure in Virginia's scientific history.
Oceanographer who was the first to theorize about the Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America. He was the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory until he resigned and joined the Confederacy at the outbreak of the Civil War.
He joined the United States Navy as a midshipman on board the frigate USS Brandywine in 1825, when he was only 19 years old, and rose the ranks for thirty-five years.
He was called 'Scientist of the Sea' due to the success of his 1855 book The Physical Geography of the Sea, which was the first comprehensive book on oceanography to be published.
He had several children, his son was the only one present during his death.
He conversed with John Quincy Adams on his research.