James Hall may refer to:
In politics and government:
* James Hall (Iowa politician) Mayor of Davenport, Iowa (1850)
* James W. Hall (Texas politician), Texas state senator, 1927–1928
* James Hall (Canadian politician), Canadian Member of Parliament, 1874-1878
* James Knox Polk Hall (1844–1915), US congressman from Pennsylvania
* James Hall, 4th Baronet (1761–1832), UK MP 1807-1812
*James Hall (actor): (1900 - 1940), American actor ("The Case of Lena Smith")
*James Patrick Hall: (born 1973), American actor from films, such as, "Young Guns", and "Young Guns II". As well as "Shattered Heroes" and "The Pentagon Memo".
*James Hall (singer) American rock singer
*James Hall: (born 1986), Conceptual Illustrator
*James Hall (born 1988), British singer-songwriter
*James Hall (born 1989), UK Web Site Designer, Creating Dark Empire RPG.
In academics and literature:
* James Hall (author) (1793–1868), US author
* James B. Hall (born 1918), US author
* James Baker Hall (born 1935), US author
* James Norman Hall (1887–1951), US author, wrote "Mutiny on the Bounty"
* James Hall (philosopher), academic of epistemology, analytic philosophy, and philosophy of religion
* James W. Hall (born 1947), US author
In science and technology:
* James Hall, 4th Baronet (1761–1832), Scots geologist, geophysicist
* James Hall (paleontologist) (1811–1898), US geologist, paleontologist
* James Hall (football player) (born 1977), American football
* James Hall (footballer) of Everton reserves
* James Hall (cricketer), Irish under-19 cricket player
* James Hall otherwise known as 'Cowman' (English footballer) of Imaan FC and formerly of Linear United FC. Supporter of Arsenal Football Club and all round friend to the farmers.
* James E. Hall (Michigan attorney) (born 1963), Redford Township, Michigan
* James Hall (Distributors) James Hall & Co, Spar Distributors, UK
* James Hall III, spy for the Soviet Union and GDR
* James Hall, British captain
Источник: James Hall
name = William Baffin
image_size = 200px
caption = William Baffin, c. 1624
birth_date = 1584
death_date = January 23, 1622
death_place = Kishm, Iran
occupation = Navigator, explorer
nationality = English
William Baffin (born 1584, died January 23, 1622) was an English navigator and explorer. Nothing is known of his early life, but it is conjectured that he was born in London of humble origin, and gradually raised himself by his diligence and perseverance.
The earliest mention of his name occurs in 1612, in connection with an expedition in search of a Northwest Passage, under the orders of Captain James Hall, whom he accompanied as chief pilot. Captain Hall was killed in a fight with the local inhabitants on the west coast of Greenland, and during the two following years Baffin served in the Spitsbergen whale-fishery, at that time controlled by the Muscovy Company.
In 1615, he entered the service of the Company for the discovery of the North-West Passage, and accompanied Captain Robert Bylot as pilot of the little ship "Discovery", and now carefully examined Hudson Strait. The accuracy of Baffin's tidal and astronomical observations on this voyage was confirmed in a remarkable manner by Sir Edward Parry, when passing over the same ground, two centuries later (1821).
The following year, Baffin again sailed as pilot of the "Discovery", and passing up Davis Strait discovered the fine bay to the north which now bears his name, together with the magnificent series of straits which radiate from its head and were named by him Lancaster, Smith and Jones Sounds, in honour of the generous patrons of his voyages. On this voyage he had sailed over 300 statute miles (480 km) farther north than his predecessor John Davis, and for 236 years his farthest north (about lat. 77° 45') remained unsurpassed in that sea.
All hopes, however, seemed now ended of discovering a passage to India by this route, and in course of time even Baffin's discoveries came to be doubted until they were re-discovered by Captain Ross in 1818. Baffin next took service with the British East India Company, and in 1617-1619 performed a voyage to Surat in British India, and on his return received the special recognition of the Company for certain valuable surveys of the Red Sea and Persian Gulf which he had made in the course of the voyage.
Early in 1620, he again sailed to the East. In the Anglo-Persian attack on Kishm in the Persian Gulf, in the conflict against Ormus, he died of combat injuries on January 23, 1622. Besides the importance of his geographical discoveries, Baffin is to be remembered for the importance and accuracy of his numerous scientific and magnetic observations, for one of which (the determination of longitude at sea by lunar observation or Lunar Distance) the honour is claimed of being the first of its kind on record.
Baffin Bay and Baffin Island are named in his honour.
* [http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=38 Biography at the "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online"]
Источник: William Baffin