Authorised form of nameFroude; William (1810 - 1879)
Dates1810 - 1879
Dates and placesBirth:
Dartington, Devon, England, United Kingdom (28 November 1810)
Admiralty House, Simonstown, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Africa (04 May 1879)
Naval cemetery, Simonstown, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Africa
Mechanical engineer
Research Field:
Ship hydrodynamics
Westminster School; Oriel College, University of Oxford, BA mathematics (1832), MA (1837)
Surveyor on the South Eastern Railway (1837); given responsibility for construction of a section of the Bristol and Exeter Railway by Brunel; Vicar's Warden at St Andrew's Church from (1842-1844); constructed bilge keels to prevent rolling in ships; studied resistance and propulsion in water; commissioned to determine the most efficient hull shape; JP for Devon; commissioned by the Admiralty to produce a machine capable of absorbing and measuring the power of large naval engines (1877), he invented, patented and built the world's first water brake dynamometer, sometimes known as the hydraulic dynamometer; died of dysentery; buried with full naval honours
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Royal Medal 1876
RelationshipsFourth son of the Ven Robert Hurrell Froude, Archdeacon of Totnes and Rector of Dartington; elder brother of James Anthony Froude, historian; father of Robert Edmund Froude (FRS 1894)
Published works'On the rolling of Ships' 1862
Bulloch's Roll; DSB; Wikipedia
Proc Roy Soc 1879 vol 29 pp ii-vi
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA2850
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1870/02Froude, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/56/3The Uniform Wave of Oscillation 1874
RR/7/394Letter from William Froude, on a paper 'On rolling-friction' by Osborne Reynolds to the Secretary of the Royal Society7 July 1875
RR/7/484Referee's report by William Froude, on a paper 'On determining the depth of the sea without the use of the sounding-line' by Charles William Siemens20 April 1876
RR/7/395Referee's report by William Froude, on a paper 'On rolling-friction' by Osborne Reynolds7 July 1875
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