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Authorised form of nameChildren; John George (1777 - 1852)
SurnameChildren
ForenamesJohn George
Dates1777 - 1852
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Ferrox Hall, Tonbridge, England (18 May 1777)
Death:
Halstead Place, Kent (01 January 1852)
ActivityEducation:
Tonbridge School and Eton School; Queen's College, Cambridge
Career:
Studied mechanics and mineralogy; built a laboratory, Tunbridge and Humphry Davy did many experiments there; made the largest yet galvanic battery (1813); father's bank collapsed and he lost all his money (1816); John became Librarian, Department of Antiquities, British Museum. Helped establish the Entomological Society in 1833 and served as its first president.
Freemason, initiated 27 March 1835, with the address of the British Museum, Lodge of Aniquity No 2, London, SW.
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
12/03/1807
Council:
Sec 1826-1827, 1830-1837; VP 1837-1839
RelationshipsSon of George Children, electrician and banker
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1850-1854 vol 6 pp 245-247
References:
N G Coley, 'The Animal Chemistry Club; Assistant Society to the Royal Society' in NR 1967 vol 22 pp 173-185
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, ;Freemasons and the Royal Society; Alphabetical List of Fellows of the Royal Society who were Freemasons' (2010), page 19
Virtual International Authority File106836469
Royal Society codeNA3175
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/13/5On destroying the Fire Damp in Mines by the Chloride of Lime27 April 1827
AP/16/1Project for perpetual motion01/02/1831
AP/21/13Copy of Proposals for a new method of determining the Longitude by absolute Altitude of Moon1838
AP/20/14Observations and Experiments on the Solar rays that occasion heat; with the application of a remarkable property of these rays to the construction of the Solar microscopes1836
MM/3/8Letter from Davies Gilbert, East Borne [sic], to John George Children24 November 1784
AP/16/6Dispersive powers of spectra1832
MM/12/28Letter from Anthony Panizzi, British Museum, to J G Children2 August 1836
MM/12/25Copy of letter from J G Children, British Museum, to Anthony Panizzi29 July 1836
MM/12/23Letter from Anthony Panizzi, British Museum, J G Children17 July 1836
AP/18/4Narrative of the Proceedings of Commander Thomas Dickinson of His Majesty's Sloop Lightning which employed in the Enterprise for the recovery of the Public Stores and other Property sunk in His Majesty's late Frigate "Thetis" on the SW side of the Island of Cape Frio1834
DM/1/77Letter from FL Chantrey, Belgrave Place, to J G Children22 December 1831
DM/2/29Letter from the Duke of Sussex, Kensington Palace, to Francis Baily17 April 1834
DM/2/27Draft of letter from J G Children, British Museum, to T Spring Rice, Treasury16 April 1834
DM/2/74Letter from Henry Ellis, British Museum, to J G Children13 July 1831
AP/28/18On Sir Isaac Newton's method of finding limits of the roots of Equations 20 December 1845
DM/1/79Draft of letter from J G Children, Somerset House, to Sir William Knighton12 May 1832
IM/000837Children, John Georgend
AP/18/5fLetter from M I Brunel to J G Children18 May 1834
AP/18/2On the Connexion between Refracted and Diffracted LightJanuary 1834
AP/18/3On the Number of Colorific Rays into which White Light may be separated21 January 1834
AP/15/6On the Anatomy and Physiology of the Minute and Capillary Vessels1831
AP/16/34Quelques idees relatives a l'Analyse des Liqueurs spiritueuses sucrees (Ascertaining the strength of spirituous liqueurs)1835
MM/13/89Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 13 January 1835
AP/17/3Account of an Extraordinary Meteor 28 March 1833
AP/15/16On some properties of numbers in geometric progression1832
AP/15/15Account of an improvement in the Machine for producing engravings of Medals, Busts etc. directly form the objects themselves; in which ther distortions hitherto attending such representations are entirely obviated1832
AP/18/5aLetter from M I Brunel to J G Children20 March 1834
AP/18/5cLetter from W H Smyth, Bedford, to J G Children19 April 1834
AP/18/5dCopy of letter from W H Smyth, Bedford, to J G Children19 April 1834
AP/19/19An Account of the Eruption of Mount Etna in the year 1536 from original contemporary documents14 January 1835
AP/18/15New Property of the Arcs of the Equilatereal HyperbolaJanuary 1834
AP/19/6Memorandum relating to a theory of Sound10 March 1835
CMB/42/2/1Minutes from the Medal Committee10 December 1832
MS/123/21Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children, Royal Society, Somerset House4 June 1835
MS/123/4Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children, British Museum, London4 November 1832
MS/123/14Letter [possibly draft] from John George Children to the Duke of Sussex21 November 1832
MS/123/7Letter from James Hudson to John George Children, British Museum, London14 November 1832
MS/123/17Letter from James Hudson to John George Children6 December 1832
MS/123/9Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children, British Museum, London19 November 1832
MS/123/23Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children18 June 1835
MS/123/24Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children, British Museum1830s
MS/123/3Copy of letter from John George Children to John William Lubbock2 November 1832
MS/123/16Copy of letter from John George Children to John Herapath29 November 1832
MS/123/1Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children29 October 1832
MS/123/20Draft letter from John George Children to the Duke of Sussex16 September 1834
MS/123/2Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children, British Museum, London30 October 1832
NLB/6/999Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Daniel Hipwell, 7 Hilldrop Crescent, N.30 September 1892
NLB/6/1007Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Daniel Hipwell, 17 Hilldrop Crescent, N.3 October 1892
AP/11/15An account of some further experiments on the heating power of the prismatic rays1822
RR/1/102Referee's report by John George Children, on a paper 'On the action of light upon the colour of the river sponge' by John Hogg13 July 1838
MS/426/119Copy letter from [Charles Richard Weld] the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [John George] Children Esq.27 January 1845
MS/426/432Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to J G [John George] Children Esq15 November 1850
CMP/1/2Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society13 December 1832
MS/426/253Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to J G [John George] Children, Esq6 February 1847
EC/1806/19Children, John George: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/12/26Letter from Anthony Panizzi, British Museum, to J G Children28 July 1836
MM/12/27Copy of letter from J G Children, British Museum, to Anthony Panizzi1 August 1836
AP/15/13On the Caves and Fissures in the Mendip Hills1831
IM/000838Children, John Georgend
MM/12/29Letter from J G Children, British Museum, to P M Roget4 August 1836
DM/2/28Letter from the Duke of Sussex, Kensington Palace, to Treasury17 April 1834
DM/2/30Letter from the Duke of Sussex, Kensington Palace, GB Greenough17 April 1834
AP/18/17Observations on the Teredo Navalis, & Limonia Tenebrans, as at present existing in certain Localities in the British IslandsApril 1834
AP/16/21Instructions pour faire des observations meteorologique et magnetiques 1836
MM/13/84Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee11 December 1832
MM/13/90Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 13 January 1835
MM/13/91Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 20 February 1836
IM/000839Children, John Georgend
MS/123/19Letter from the Duke of Sussex to John George Children, British Museum, Montague Street, London15 September 1834
CMP/1/1Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society1 December 1832
MM/12/24Letter from J G Children, British Museum, to Francis Baily18 July 1836
MM/13/92Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 3 March 1836
MM/13/87Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 22 January 1833
MM/13/86Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 15 January 1833
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