Sir Edward Parry
|Hydrographer of the Navy|
1 December 1823 – 13 May 1829
|Preceded by||Thomas Hannaford Hurd|
|Succeeded by||Sir Francis Beaufort|
William Edward Parry
19 December 1790
Bath, Somerset, England
|Died||8 July 1855 (aged 64)|
Bad Ems, Kingdom of Prussia
|Education||King Edward's School|
|Occupation||Arctic explorer, hydrographer|
|Known for||Farthest North in 1827|
Rear-Admiral Sir William Edward Parry (19 December 1790 – 8 July 1855) was an Anglo-Welsh explorer of the Arctic best known for his 1819–1820 expedition through the Parry Channel, probably the most successful in the long quest for the Northwest Passage, until it was finally negotiated by Roald Amundsen in 1906.
In 1827, Parry attempted one of the earliest expeditions to the North Pole. He reached 82° 45' N, setting a record for human exploration Farthest North that stood for nearly five decades before being surpassed at 83° 20' N by Albert Hastings Markham in 1875.