|Alternative reference number||NLB/9 p165|
|Title||Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Crookes, Fellow of the Royal Society|
|Date||30 April 1894|
There was no office of "Demonstration" so-called in the early time of the Royal Society, but there was an office of "Curator" which was practically the same thing*. It was held first by Hooke, who was appointed on June 23, 1664. You will find an extremely interesting biographical account of him in the "Dictionary of National Biography", but the great authorities are, Ward's "Lives of the Gresham Professors" and Waller's "Life of Hooke".
I am, yours truly,
Asst. Sec. R.S. [Assistant Secretary, Royal Society]
*Hooke's business was to make experiments for the meetings & keep the laboratory going. He seems to have been a man of ardent, imaginative temperament, leaving things half done & rushing off to new matters which fascinated him. He had a quarrel with Oldenberg (a man of extremely opposite temper) which I have mentioned in my biographical sketch of Oldenberg published a month or two since in Nature'.
|Physical description||Typescript, with a manuscript annotation|
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|NA8188||Crookes; Sir; William (1832 - 1919); chemist||1832 - 1919|