A blue plaque is to be put up in Falmouth recognising a champion of invention.

Falmouth's university campus has been given planning permission to formally recognise the life and work of Robert Were Fox with a plaque on Rosehill Studio, at the entrance to the Woodlane Campus.

Fox, a geologist and mine owner in the 19th century, discovered that metallic veins in the mines had electro-magnetic properties, which led to him developing a compass robust enough to work onboard ship.

Read more about his life here.

Cornwall Council agreed to the plaque but said it must be lower on the building than originally planned so that it can be more easily read by people with disabilities.