Authorised form of nameBesant; William Henry (1828 - 1917)
Dates1828 - 1917
Place of birthPortsea, Hampshire, England
Date of birth01 November 1828
Date of death02/06/1917
Research fieldMathematics
St John's College, Cambridge. BA (1850), MA
Mathematical Lecturer, St John's College, Cambridge (for 35 years)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election08/06/1871
RelationshipsEldest son of William Besant, merchant, of Portsmouth and his wife Sarah Ediss, daughter of a builder and architect of Dibdin; elder brother of Sir Walter Besant, novelist; married (1861) Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Willis (FRS 1830) (she died 1911)
Bulloch's Roll
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA1319
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1871/01Besant, William Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/12/686Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr William Henry Besant, Fellow of the Royal Society, Spring Lawn, Harvey Road, Cambridge10 April 1896
NLB/54/576Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Professor [William] Burnside, FRS25 June 1917
RR/9/219Referee's report by William Henry Besant, on a paper 'On the motion of fluid, part of which is moving rotationally and part irrotationally' by Micaiah John Muller Hill8 March 1884
IM/Maull/000353Besant, William Henrynd
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