16/03/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Oceanographer John Murray died - On this day in history

a426339a-d407-4c25-a4ad-031fdf742eec

On 16 March 1914, Sir John Murray, the Scottish oceanographer who completed the first biological survey of Scotland's lochs, died. Murray was a scientist who specialised in the study of oceans. He developed a pioneering device which could register the temperature of an ocean at great depths, and in 1884, set up the UK's first marine laboratory, which was located in Granton, Edinburgh.

Murray was the first person to note the existence of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and he also made early studies of oceanic trenches. He died in Edinburgh when his car overturned and is buried in the city's Dean Kirkyard.
 

Enjoy more Scottish history with History Scotland's Hidden Histories podcast.

Back to "On this day in history" Category

16/03/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

180th anniversary for James McCune Smith - Runaway Slaves project report

The remarkable achievements of a man born into slavery who became the first African American to receive ...


Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid was born - On this day in history

Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid, founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense was born on 26 April 1710. ...


Who's Buried Where in London - five remarkable Scots

Discover the final resting places of five remarkable Scots, with Peter Matthews, author of Who's Buried Where ...


HMS Vanguard was accepted for sea trials - On this day in history

On 25 April 1946 the battleship HMS Vanguard was accepted for sea trials by the Royal Navy.


Other Articles

On this day in history - Mary Queen of Scots married Francis Dauphin of France

Mary Queen of Scots married Francis, Dauphin of France at Notre Dame de Paris on 24 April 1558.


King Charles II was crowned at Westminster Abbey - On this day in history

King Charles II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London on 23 April 1661.


Politician Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman died - On this day in history

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, the first politician to be officially called Prime Minister, died on 22 April ...


Naturalist John Muir was born - On this day in history

John Muir, the Scottish-born naturalist known as the 'Father of the National Parks' was born on 21 April ...