(20.10.1586 - 15.07.1635)
explorer, one of the discoverers of the Northwest Passage
from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
Born in the family of sailor Richard Fox in
Fox studied navigation in flights to the south to France,
Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, to the north to the Baltic,
Denmark and Norway, as well as along the coast of England
and in the North Sea. In 1606, he offered his services as an
assistant to John Knight for a flight to Greenland, but was
rejected as too young.
In 1631, he began his journey from the Hudson Bay, sailed
past the western shores of Baffin Island and the islands of
the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In his honor, 27 geographic
features were named, 8 of which still bear his name. His
team was attended by his friend and sponsor Sir Thomas Roh,
after whom Fox named the Strait Ros-Welk.
According to the results of this flight, Fox published a
book supplemented with brief theses on the travels of Cabot,
Frobisher, Davis, Hudson, and others.
He died in Whitby.
The bay (basin) southwest
of Baffin Land,
the strait leading into
this bay and
peninsula in the southwest
of Baffin Land.