Matthew Maury (1806-1873)
US Navy oceanographer, he was the first to
recognize oceans as system of circulating currents.
Got this idea from biblical picture of “paths in the
seas” (Psalm 8:8).
Thinking through what a path does on land (makes
travel easier, faster), he began to investigate travel
time by sea.
His massive examination of ships’ logbooks led to
making charts for winds and currents.
Came to be called “the pathfinder of the seas.”