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Authorised form of nameFitton; William Henry (1780 - 1861); geologist
Dates1780 - 1861
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Date of birthJanuary 1780
Place of deathLondon
Date of death13 May 1861
OccupationPhysician
Research fieldGeology
ActivityEducation:
Trinity College, Dublin. AB (1799), MD (1810, Edinburgh), LCP (1811), MD (1815, Dublin)
Career:
Settled in medical practice, Northampton; assisted Rev Walter Stephens (?1772-1808) with his pioneering geological explorations south of Dublin and edited his findings for posthumous publication as 'Notes on the Mineralogy of Part of the Vicinity of Dublin (1812) and wrote a similarly entitled paper (1811); married a woman of means and gave up medicine for geology; developed the descending strata from chalk to oolite; as President of the Geological Society he initiated the annual Presidential Address and inaugurated the publication of the Society's Proceedings; awarded Wollaston Medal (1852)
Memberships:
FCP (1816); FGS 1816 (President 1827-1829)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election09/11/1815
RelationshipsSon of Nicholas Fitton; married (1820) Miss James
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Irish Innovators
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1862-1863 vol 12 pp iv-vi
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/47517277
Royal Society codeNA3138
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1815/08Fitton, William Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MS/709/20Letter from William Henry Fitton, 53 Upper Harley Street, to James [De Carle] Sowerby, 2 Mead Place, Lambeth6 July 1827
MS/709/21Letter from William Henry Fitton, Highwood Hill, to [James De Carle] Sowerby, 5 Camden Terrace West, Camden Town20 May 1835
MS/257/2/155Letter from William Henry Fitton to James Clark Ross21 June 1839
DM/1/20Letter from WH Fitton, Brasted, Somerset, to P M Roget10 March 1831
MC/1/266Letter from [William] Henry Fitton, 53 Upper Harley Street, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society 22 December 1830
RR/1/157Referee's report by William Henry Fitton, on a paper 'Geological remarks on Kerguelen's Land' by R McCormick16 June 1841
IM/Maull/001423Fitton, William Henry06 June 1860
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
RR/1/162Referee's report by William Henry Fitton, on a paper 'Memoir on a portion of the lower jaw of the iguanodon, and on the remains of the hylaeosaurus and other saurians, discovered in the strata of Tilgate Forest, in Sussex' by Gideon Algernon Mantell10 May 1841
HS/7/233Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Highwoodhill, Hendon8 October 1831
HS/7/241Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel1827
HS/7/230Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 53 Upper Harley St.5 April 1829
HS/7/242Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 4 Sussex Gardens6 February 1858
HS/7/227Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 53 Upper Harley St.24 December 1827
HS/7/232Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Geological Society12 March 1832
HS/7/240Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 18 Norfolk Crescent2 August 1855
HS/7/225Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Tanhurst near Dorking7 September 1827
HS/7/229Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 53 Upper Harley St.14 August 1828
HS/7/238Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Bloomfield Lodge10 June 1840
HS/7/239Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Wandsworth2 August 1844
HS/7/228Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 53 Upper Harley St.5 August 1828
HS/7/237Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Bloomfield Lodge3 January 1840
HS/7/244Incomplete letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herscheln.d.
HS/7/243Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel1838
HS/7/226Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 53 Upper Harley St.24 October 1827
HS/7/236Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Bloomfield Lodge5 October 1839
HS/19/53Letter, from Sir John Herschel to William Henry Fitton, dated at Slough14 May 1828
HS/25/1/9Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to William Henry Fitton, dated at Slough18 October 1830
HS/27/13Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel1826-11-23 or earli
HS/25/7/5Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to William Henry Fitton, dated at Collingwood20 February 1847
HS/7/231Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at 53 Upper Harley St.18 December 1830
HS/7/234Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Geological Society19 December 1836
HS/7/235Letter, from William Henry Fitton to Sir John Herschel, dated at Bloomfield Lodge27 September 1838
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