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Authorised form of nameRigaud; Stephen Peter (1774 - 1839); astronomer
SurnameRigaud
ForenamesStephen Peter
Dates1774 - 1839
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom (12 August 1774 )
Death:
The house of his old friend, Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, Pall Mall, London (16 March 1839)
Burial:
St James's, Piccadilly, London, England, United Kingdom
ActivityProfession:
Astronomer; mathematician
Research Field:
Astronomy; mathematics; history of science
Education:
Mr Delafosse's school, Richmoond; Exeter College, University of Oxford. BA (1797), MA (1799)
Career:
Exeter College, University of Oxford, Fellow (1794-1810), Savilian Professor of Geometry and reader in experimental philosophy (1810-1827), Savilian Professor of Astronomy (1827-1839); observer to the King at Kew, succeeding his father (1814); Radcliffe Observer, Oxford (1827); gave experimental philosophy lectures in the Ashmolean museum; public examiner for University of Oxford mathematics scholarship; proctor to the Oxford University Press; member of the Board of Longitude
Memberships:
FRAS; Ashmolean Society (founding member)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
13/06/1805
Council:
VP 1837-1838
RelationshipsSon of Stephen Rigaud observer at the Kew Observatory and Mary nee Demainbray; married (1815) Christian Walker Jordan, daughter of Gibbes Walker Jordan (FRS 1800) colonial agent of Barbados
Published workshttps://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n86823401/
General contextRigaud was elected to the Royal Society in recognition of his expertise in mathematics and knowledge of the history of mathematics.

Riguad played a role in the the claims of his brother-in-law Joseph William Jordan for compensation after the emancipation of enslaved people. Rigaud signed at the National Debt Office for the compensation for the enslaved people on three estates of Jordan's in Barbados.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Wikipedia; UCL LBS
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1839 No 40 pp 175-176
References:
J M Edmonds and J A Douglas, 'William Buckland, FRS (1784-1856) and an Oxford Geological Lecture, 1823' in NR 1975-6 vol 30 pp 141-167
David Layton, 'Lord Wrottesley, FRS, Pioneer Statesman of Science' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 230-246
H E Bell, 'The Savilian Professors' Houses and Halley's Observatory at Oxford' in NR 1961 vol 16 pp 179-186
'Stephen Peter Rigaud', Legacies of British Slave-ownership database, http://wwwdepts-live.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/2146631700 [accessed 23rd July 2020]
AssocMaterial:
Papers and library held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Collection of scientific ephemera in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/62329050
Royal Society codeNA1263
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
IM/003828Rigaud, Stephen Peternd
IM/003829Rigaud, Stephen PeterJuly 1976
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
EC/1805/04Rigaud, Stephen Peter: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/1/41Letter from Stephen Peter Rigaud, Richmond, to the Royal Society12 August 1814
MC/2/76Letter from Professor [Stephen Peter] Rigaud, Observatory Oxford, to John William Lubbock, Treasurer of the Royal Society12 April 1833
MC/2/173Letter from Stephen Peter Rigaud, Oxford, to John William Lubbock, [Treasurer of the Royal Society]28 May 1835
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