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Authorised form of nameLardner; Dionysius (1793 - 1859); scientific writer
Dates1793 - 1859
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Date of birth03 April 1793
Place of deathNaples, Italy
Date of death29 April 1859
OccupationClergyman
Research fieldMathematics
Astronomy
ActivityEducation:
Trinity College, Dublin. BA (1817); MA (1819); LLB; LLD (1827)
Career:
Began training for the law, but gave it up; gave a series of lectures on the steam engine, to the Dublin Royal Society; took holy orders probably with a view to becoming a Fellow of Trinity College but was never appointed; undertook literary and scientific work; gold medallist of the Royal Dublin Society (1826); moved to London under the patronage of Lord Brougham (1828); first Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, London University (1828-1833); resigned from professorship to concentrate on publication of the 'Cabinet cyclopaedia' (1829); eloped with the wife of Captain Richard Heaviside (1840) whose marriage was dissolved by Act of Parliament (1845), during which period Lardner gave a lecture tour in the United States; settled in Paris (1845); wrote on railways and astronomy
Memberships:
FRSE; FRAS; FLS; FZS; FCPS (Honorary); Statistical Society of Paris; MRIA; Fellow of the Society for Promoting Useful Arts in Scotland
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election28/02/1828
RelationshipsSon of a Clare solicitor, William O'Brien Lardner; married: 1) (1815) Cecilia Flood (died 1862) granddaughter of the Irish parliamentarian Henry Flood, with whom he had three children, they separated (1820) and divorced (1849); 2) Mary, divorced wife of Captain Heaviside (?1849); father of Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot (b 1820) who became known as Dion Boucicault, playwright and author of 'The Shaughran'
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Irish Innovators
References:
W Johnson, 'Contributors to Improving the Teaching of Calculus in Early 19th-Century England' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 93-103
R A Buchanan, 'Science and Engineering: A Case Study in British Experience in the Mid-Nineteenth Century' in NR 1977-8 vol 32 pp 215-223
G Ferrari and A McConnell, 'Robert Mallet and the 'Great Neapolitan earthquake' of 1857 in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 45-64
Notes:
Certificate headed: 'residence [in ink] Jermyn St [in pencil]'; part of certificate missing; parts of Citation deliberately obscured
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/56680641
Royal Society codeNA3370
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1828/08Lardner, Dionysius: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/1/355Letter from Dionysius Lardner, 122 Regent Street, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society16 December 1831
IM/002632Lardner, Dionysiusnd
RR/1/137Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'On certain properties of vapour' by Dionysius Lardner[c.1832]
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
AP/15/22Unpublished paper, 'On certain properties of vapor' by Dionysius Lardner[1832]
AP/20/9Unpublished paper, regarding railways by D [Dionysius] Lardner1836
RR/1/138Referee's report by James Cumming, on a paper 'On certain properties of vapour' by Dionysius Lardner[c.1832]
HS/11/112Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 33 Percy St., Bedford Square18 February 1829
HS/11/106Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 33 Percy St., Bedford Square18 July 1828
HS/11/119Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 122 Regent St.2 October 1830
HS/11/116Draft letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough1 February 1830
HS/11/110Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 33 Percy St., Bedford Square30 December 1828
HS/11/117Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 122 Regent St.21 September 1830
HS/11/111Draft letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough16 February 1829
HS/11/122Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 122 Regent St.5 April 1832
HS/11/108Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 33 Percy St., Bedford Square28 July 1828
HS/11/109Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough1 August 1828
HS/11/118Draft letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius LardnerSeptember 1830
HS/11/120Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 122 Regent St.6 December 1830
HS/11/113Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 33 Percy St., Bedford Square19 February 1829
HS/11/114Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at 12 Charlotte St.28 February 1829
HS/25/1/2Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough22 May 1830
HS/25/1/4Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough27 June 1830
HS/25/1/27Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough2 March 1831
HS/21/23Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Isle of Wight25 July 1828
HS/25/1/21Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Slough21 February 1831
HS/21/40Copy letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at 12 Charlotte St.28 February 1829
HS/11/115Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at Royal Chambers, St. James19 January 1830
HS/11/121Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at 122 Regent St.24 February 1831
HS/11/124Draft letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Feldhausen28 February 1838
HS/11/123Letter, from Dionysius Lardner to Sir John Herschel, dated at Great Queen St.3 October 1837
HS/11/107Draft letter, from Sir John Herschel to Dionysius Lardner, dated at Isle of Wight25 July 1828
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