William Edward Parry

Sir Edward Parry
Captain William Edward Parry (1790-1855), by Charles Skottowe.jpg
Hydrographer of the Navy
In office
1 December 1823 – 13 May 1829 (1823-12-01 – 1829-05-13)
Preceded byThomas Hannaford Hurd
Succeeded bySir Francis Beaufort
Personal details
William Edward Parry

(1790-12-19)19 December 1790
Bath, Somerset, England
Died8 July 1855(1855-07-08) (aged 64)
Bad Ems, Kingdom of Prussia
  • Isabella Louisa Stanley
  • Catherine Edwards Hoare
EducationKing Edward's School
OccupationArctic explorer, hydrographer
Known forFarthest North in 1827
Military service
Branch Royal Navy
Service years1803–1855
RankRear admiral
WarsAnglo-American War

Rear-Admiral Sir William Edward Parry FRS (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.