Striving for the Comfort Zone: a Perspective on Julius Jeffreys

Andrew Marshall and Judith Marshall

Windy Knoll Publications



   Almost forgotten for over 100 years, Julius Jeffreys was a pioneering Victorian scientist and doctor. His contributions to science and humanity stand shoulder to shoulder with those of his more famous contemporaries. This is the first book-length account of Jeffreys, whose career began as a surgeon for the British East India Company. There he advocated the use of Hill Stations, and designed an early air conditioning system, and heat resisting clothing and headgear.
    He devoted much time to personal climatic control, inventing the Respirator, a device for warming inhaled breath. It countered cold winter air, and eased the suffering of those afflicted with tuberculosis and other lung diseases. He also invented improved means to launch lifeboats, designs for sun blinds, and a method for freezing meat.
    A very religious man, he was highly critical of the Oxford Movement, and published a pamphlet criticizing their aims. He also believed that the army should be for defence only, making these beliefs known in his writings.

Striving for the Comfort Zone
will be of interest to historians with an interest in the Victorian period. It will be of particular interest to those interested in scientific and military history, the British Empire in India and New Zealand, and the history of Christianity. In addition it is of significant value as an historical record of the Jeffreys, Valpy and Fulton families.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction - Interesting Times
Chapter 2: Background - Julius' Family
Chapter 3: 1800-1822 - Childhood and Education
Chapter 4: 1822-1826 - India
Chapter 5: 1826-1835 - First Marriage
Chapter 6: 1835-1843 - The Respirator
Chapter 7: 1843-1851 - Statics of the Human Chest
Chapter 8: 1851-1858 - Second Marriage
Chapter 9: 1858 - The British Army in India
Chapter 10: 1858-1877 - Semi-Retirement
Chapter 11: After 1877 - Julius' Legacy
Appendix 1: Letter from Julius to the Free Church Committee
Appendix 2: List of publications by and about Julius Jeffreys
Appendix 3: Brief titles for all of Julius Jeffreys' patents
Appendix 4: Letter from Julius Jeffreys to Sir Proby Cautley
Appendix 5: Addresses used by Julius Jeffreys