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Authorised form of nameRankine; William John Macquorn (1820 - 1872)
Dates1820 - 1872
NationalityBritish
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Date of birth05 July 1820
Place of death59 St Vincent Street, Glasgow
Date of death24 December 1872
OccupationCivil engineer
Research fieldEngineering; engineering education; physical science
ActivityMemberships:
FRSE; Scottish Society of Arts; Glasgow Philosophical Society; AICE
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election02/06/1853
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1872-1873 vol 21 pp i-iv
References:
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
F C Moon, 'Robert Willis and Franz Reuleaux: pioneers in the theory of machines' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 209-230
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/64107906
Royal Society codeNA1846
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/8Volume 8 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1867-1869
EC/1853/13Rankine, William John Macquorn: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/9Volume 9 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1870-June 1873
AP/50/13On Waves in Liquids1868
AP/38/13On the Mathematical Theory of the Stability of Earthwork and Masonry18 February 1856
AP/34/19On the Application of the Law of the Conservation of Energy to the Determination of the Magnetic Meridian on board Ship; when out of reach or out of sight of LandApril 1853
AP/51/10On the Thermodynamic Theory of Waves of Finite Longitudinal Disturbance11 April 1869
MC/5Volume 5 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1851-1858
RR/3/18Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On an element of strength in beams subjected to transverse strain, named by the author - the resistance of flexure' by William Henry Barlow1857
RR/3/102Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the resistance of tubes to collapse' by William Fairbairn29 May 1858
RR/2/200Referee's report by Francis Sibson, on a paper 'On a geometrical representation of the action of the heart' by William John Macquorn Rankine11 March 1852
RR/2/199Referee's report by William Hopkins, on a paper 'On the geometrical representation of the expansive action of heat, and the theory of thermo-dynamic engines' by William John Macquorn Rankine[1854]
RR/3/233Referee's report by Arthur Cayley, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine7 November 1856
RR/3/231Referee's report by unnamed referee, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine26 January 1856
RR/3/234Referee's report by William Parsons, Earl of Rosse, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine22 October 1856
RR/3/235Referee's report by William Fairbairn, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine28 November 1856
RR/5/1Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the strains in the Interior of beams' by George Biddell Airy26 January 1863
RR/4/88Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine , on a paper 'On the resistance of glass globes and cylinders to collapse from external pressure; and on the tensile and compressive strength of various kinds of glass' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate6 July 1859
RR/4/214Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the thermo-dynamic theory of steam-engines with dry saturated steam, and its application to practice' by William John Macquorn Rankine3 March 1859
RR/5/128Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion.— Part IV' by William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and James Prescott Joule10 July 1862
RR/5/111Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the joint-systems of Ireland and Cornwall, and their mechanical origin' by Samuel Haughton14 June 1864
RR/4/265Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the thermal effects of fluids in motion - Part III - On the changes of tem­perature experienced by bodies moving through air' by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin and James Prescott Joule29 June 1860
RR/5/160Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the true theory of pressure as applied to elastic fluids' by R Moon17 February 1863
RR/5/216Referee's report by James Clerk Maxwell, on a paper 'On plane water-lines in two dimensions' by William John Macquorn Rankine[1864]
RR/5/215Second referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On plane water-lines in two dimensions' by William John Macquorn Rankine18 February 1864
RR/5/212Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'On the exact form of waves near the surface of deep water' by William John Macquorn Rankine18 March 1863
RR/5/213Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'On the exact form of waves near the surface of deep water' by William John Macquorn Rankine30 March 1863
RR/5/214Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On plane water-lines in two dimensions' by William John Macquorn Rankine17 February 1864
RR/6/16Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the resistance of the air to the motion of elongated projectiles having variously formed heads' by Francis Bashforth21 April 1868
RR/7/53Referee's report by James Clerk Maxwell, on a paper 'On the thermodynamic theory of waves of finite longitudinal disturbance' by William John Macquorn Rankine26 March 1870
RR/7/9Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the cause and theoretic value of the resistance of flexure in beams' by William Henry Barlow1870
RR/6/162Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the resistance of the air to rifled projectiles' by J A Longridge21 April 1868
RR/6/182Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the law of the resistance of the air to rifled projectiles' by Charles Watkins Merrifield1 June 1868
RR/6/192Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the mechanical possibility of the descent of glaciers, by their weight only' by Henry Moseley24 February 1869
RR/7/54Letter from William John Macquorn Rankine, on his paper 'On the thermodynamic theory of waves of finite longitudinal disturbance' to the Secretary of the Royal Society24 May 1870
RR/7/56Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'On the mathematical theory of stream-lines, especially those with four foci and upwards' by William John Macquorn Rankine19 January 1871
RR/6/240Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'On waves in liquids' by William John Macquorn Rankine27 June 1868
RR/7/55 Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'On the mathematical theory of stream-lines, especially those with four foci and upwards' by William John Macquorn Rankine1870
RR/7/55 bisReferee's report by James Clerk Maxwell, on a paper 'On the mathematical theory of stream-lines, especially those with four foci and upwards' by William John Macquorn Rankine2 March 1870
RR/7/119Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the uniform flow of a liquid' by Henry Moseley13 May 1871
RR/7/118Letter from William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the uniform flow of a liquid' by Henry Moseley to the Secretary of the Royal Society13 May 1871
RR/6/238Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'On waves in liquids' by William John Macquorn Rankine16 June 1868
RR/7/185Letter from William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'Volcanic energy: an attempt to develop its true origin and cosmical relations' by Robert Mallet3 July 1872
RR/7/133Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the unequal distribution of weight and support in ships, and its effects in still water, in waves, and in exceptional positions on shore' by Edward James Reed13 May 1871
RR/2/198Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'On the geometrical representation of the expansive action of heat, and the theory of thermo-dynamic engines' by William John Macquorn Rankine29 April 1854
RR/2/201Referee's report by Richard Quain, on a paper 'On a geometrical representation of the action of the heart' by William John Macquorn Rankine4 February 1852
RR/3/232Referee's report by Thomas Romney Robinson, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine4 July 1856
RR/3/230Letter from John Couch Adams, on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine29 December 1855
RR/7/132Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine and William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the unequal distribution of weight and support in ships, and its effects in still water, in waves, and in exceptional positions on shore' by Edward James Reed8 March 1871
RR/7/52Letter from William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the thermodynamic theory of waves of finite longitudinal disturbance' by William John Macquorn Rankine to the Secretary of the Royal Society9 March 1870
PT/68/5Paper, 'On the exact form of waves near the surface of deep water' by William John Macquorn Rankine[1862]
PT/54/3Paper, 'On axes of elasticity and crystalline forms' by William John Macquorn RankineJune 1855
PT/48/6Paper, 'On the geometrical representation of the expansive action of heat, and the theory of thermo-dynamic engines' by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/56/2Paper, 'On the stability of loose earth' by W J [William John] Macquorn Rankine7 June 1856
PT/70/7Paper, 'On plane water-lines' by William John Macquorn Rankine27 July 1863
RR/2/12Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the existence of an element of strength in beams subjected to transverse strain, arising from the lateral action of the fibres or particles on each other, and named by the author "Resistance of Flexure"' by William Henry Barlow29 April 1855
RR/3/229Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the stability of loose earth' by William John Macquorn Rankine12 January 1855
RR/4/213Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the thermo-dynamic theory of steam-engines with dry saturated steam, and its application to practice' by William John Macquorn Rankine11 May 1859
RR/6/239Referee's report by William John Macquorn Rankine, on a paper 'On the relation of form and dimensions to weight of material in the construction of iron-clad ships' by Edward James Reed26 June 1868
RR/7/51Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin on a paper 'On the thermodynamic theory of waves of finite longitudinal disturbance' by William John Macquorn Rankine7 March 1870
PT/48/6/1Manuscript, 'On the geometrical representation of the expansive action of heat, and the theory of thermo-dynamic engines' by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/48/6/2Plate, figures 1-5 showing diagrams of expansive action of heat and isothermal curves by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/48/6/3Plate, figures 6-9 showing curves of transmission, isothermal curves, and latent heat of expansion by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/48/6/4Plate, figures 10-13 showing curves of free expansion, isothermal curves, and apparent specific heats by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/48/6/5Plate, figures 14-17 showing true indicator diagrams and diagrams of greatest efficiency of thermodynamic engines by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/48/6/6Plate, figures 18-20 showing indicator diagrams and diagrams of greatest efficiency of thermodynamic engines by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/48/6/7Plate, figures 21-24 showing isothermal lines, pressure in a vapour engine, and curve of free expansion by William John Macquorn Rankine3 December 1853
PT/56/2/1Manuscript, 'On the stability of loose earth' by W J [William John] Macquorn Rankine7 June 1856
PT/56/2/2Plate, 'Surfaces of uniform thrust' by William John Macquorn Rankine7 June 1856
PT/70/7/1Manuscript, 'On plane water-lines' by William John Macquorn Rankine27 July 1863
PT/70/7/2Plate, series of curves of excess of ordinate by unknown artist1863
PT/70/7/3Plate, graph of oval and oögenous neoïds by unknown artist1863
PT/70/7/4Plate, graph of lissoneoïds by unknown artist1863
PT/70/7/5Plate, graph of neoïds by unknown artist1863
PT/70/7/6Plate, graph of lissoneoïds and trochoids by unknown artist1863
PT/75/8/4Diagrams, graphs of general equation of thermodynamics by WJMR [William John Macquorn Rankine]December 1858
MC/5/121Letter from W J [William John] Macquorn Rankine, 59 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, to Colonel [Edward] Sabine, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Royal Society4 November 1853
MC/8/35Letter from C W [Charles Watkins] Merrifield, Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Naval Architects, South Kensington Museum, to the Secretary of the Royal Society6 April 1867
MC/9/217Letter from W [William] Macquorn Rankine, Admiralty, London, to [George Gabriel] Stokes, [Secretary of the Royal Society]19 June 1871
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