James Rennell

James Rennell (1742-1830) was a man of many prodigious talents. He was a surveyor, mapmaker, explorer, soldier, writer and oceanographer. He was responsible for the first accurate mapping of India and nearly died in the attempt. His party was attacked by Sanashi Fakirs and he was critically wounded but survived. He feturned to England and published pioneering work on ocean drift. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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