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Authorised form of nameBrouncker; William (c 1620 - 1684); 2nd Viscount Brouncker
Other forms of nameBrounker, William, 2nd Viscount Brounker
SurnameBrouncker
ForenamesWilliam
Datesc 1620 - 1684
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
c 1620
Death:
His house, St James' Street, Westminster (05 April 1684)
Burial:
Chapel of St Katharine's Hospital, London
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics
Education:
MD (1646, Oxon)
Career:
MP for Westbury (1660); built a yacht for Charles II (1662); Chancellor to Katherine, Queen Consort (1662 - his death); Commissioner of the Navy (1664-1679); President of Gresham College (1664-1667); Comptroller of the Treasurer's Accounts (1668-1679); Lord of the Admiralty (1680-1683); Master of St Katharine's Hospital, London (1681 - his death)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Founder Fellow
Election Date:
28/11/1660
Council:
PRS 1662-1677
RelationshipsSon of William Brouncker, 1st Viscount Brouncker, and his wife, Winifred, daughter of William Leigh of Newenham, Warwickshire; succeeded his father (1646); unmarried
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Foster; GEC; Aubrey
References:
Jacqueline A Stedall, 'Catching Proteus: the collaborations of Wallis and Brouncker. I. Squaring the circle' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 293-316
Jacqueline A Stedall, 'Catching Proteus: the collaborations of Wallis and Brouncker. II. Number problems' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 317-331
D J Bryden, 'Magnetic Inclinatory Needles: Approved by the Royal Society?' in NR 1993 vol 47 pp 17-31
J F Scott and Sir Harold Hartley, 'William, Viscount Brouncker, PRS (1620-1684)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 147-157, plate
G H Turnbull, 'Samuel Hartlib's Influence on the Early History of the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 101-130
N J W Thrower, 'Samuel Pepys FRS (1633-1733) and The Royal Society' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 3-13
A Cook, 'Rome and the Royal Society, 1660-1740' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 3-19
J Gribbin, 'The Fellowship', 2005, pp140-141
Notes:
Election date given as 22/04/1663 in index to BR, the same date given in R, where Brouncker appears as President and a member of Council named by Second Royal Charter. He was present at the foundation meeting on 28 Nov 1660, which has been entered as his date of election. Biographical info from GEC; Henning says he was son of 1st Viscount and his wife Anne, daughter of Sir John Dauntsey of Bishop's Lavington; married Katherine, daughter of Thomas Moore of Hawkchurch, Devon and had three sons and two daughters
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/77098447
Royal Society codeNA3503
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/B1/10Copy of a letter, from William Brouncker to Dr Sylvius, dated at London3 July 1671
RBC/1/43'Account of the Sounding of the depth of the Sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, with the Wooden Globe and Lead By my Lord Brouncker and Sir Robert Moray'nd
EL/B1/12Note from William Brouncker29 January 1671
RBC/1/5'Experiment of the weight of bodies increased in the Fire'1661
EL/W3/3Copy of a letter from Christopher Wren to William Brouncker30 July 1663
EL/B1/3Paper, by William Brouncker on infinite quantitynd
RBO/1/5'Experiment of the Weight of Bodies increased in the fire'23 February 1661
EL/B1/22John Beale to William Brouncker16 February 1662
EL/B1/1Letter, from William Brouncker to Charles II3 September 1662
EL/B1/5Letter, from William Brouncker12 February 1668
EL/B1/7Letter, from William Brouncker to Lord Henry Howard, Ambassador Extraordinary to the Emperor of Morocco at Tangier10 May 1670
EL/B1/9Letter, from William Brouncker to John Wallis, dated at London15 February 1670
EL/F1/3Robert Flynt, dated at Runton, to William Brouncker14 November 1664
EL/B1/68Copy of a letter from John Beale to William Brounckernd
RBC/1/35'Of the Recoyling of Gunns By the Lord Brouncker'nd
EL/S1/43Earl of Sandwich's astronomical observations, dated at Madrid1666
EL/P1/21Copy of a letter from William Petty to William Brounckernd
EL/W1/60John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to William Brouncker6 August 1668
RBC/1/39'A Demonstration of the Violation of a Pendulum in a Cycloid By the Lord Brouncker'1662
EL/W2/65John Wallis to William Brounckernd
EL/P1/18Copy of a letter from William Petty, dated at Dublin, to William Brouncker1662
EL/B1/8Letter, from William Brouncker to Henry Oldenburg1 December 1670
EL/P1/20Copy of a letter from William Petty to William Brouncker1663
EL/B1/6Letter, from William Brouncker to Cardinal Leopold de Medicis26 March 1668
EL/B1/11William Brouncker to Henry Oldenburg23 June 1673
EL/S1/113Georg Stiernhielm, dated at Stockholm, to William Brouncker21 September 1669
EL/S1/42Earl of Sandwich, dated at Madrid, to William Brouncker26 March 1667
EL/S1/94Metredone Speed, dated at Bristol, to William Brouncker20 September 1667
EL/D1/11William Durston, dated at Plymouth, to William Brouncker1669
EL/S1/44Earl of Sandwich's astronomical observations made at Lisbon 1666
EL/W1/65John Wallis, dated at Oxford, to William Brouncker4 November 1668
RBO/1/40'Account of the Sounding of the Depth of the Sea betweene Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, with the wooden Globe and Lead By My Lord Brouncker and Sir Robert Moray'nd
RBC/1/1'Questions Propounded by Lord Brouncker and Mr Boyle and agreed upon to be sent to Tenariffe'2 January 1660
RBO/1/1'Questions Propounded and agreed uppon to be sent to Tenariff' devised by Lord Brouncker and Mr Boyle 2 January 1661
EL/P1/19William Petty to William BrounckerFebruary 1663
EL/P1/12Copy of a letter from William Petty to William Brouncker1662
EL/P1/38'Report of the committee of the members of the Royal Society in Ireland concerning the structure and sayling of Sir William Petty's new Shipp' to William Brounckernd
EL/P1/14William Petty to William Brouncker29 October 1662
EL/B1/2Paper, William Brouncker's supplement paper on compression of air under water1671
RBC/1/24'Answer to the Foregoing Probleme by the Lord Brouncker'1 October 1661
RBC/1/48My Lord Brounckers Account of the third Experiment made by Dr Goddard1662
DM/5/42Draft of an instrument from Lord Brouncker appointing Spencer Hickman printer to the Royal Society November 1671
DM/5/1Draft of a letter about payment of arrears17th century
DM/5/74A'Recommended to Mr Evelyn'c.1666
MM/20/45Letter from William, Lord Viscount Brouncker, President, Royal Society20 January 1663/4
DM/5/73E'Experiments and Matters recommended to Mr William Balle'1664
RBC/2/11'Concerning Smutt in Corne' in a letter from Colonel Long to William Brouncker10 June 1663
V/001Lord Brouncker's shoe buckle
P/0016Portrait of Brouncker, William; 2nd Viscount
IM/000592Brouncker, William, 2nd Viscount Brounckernd
IM/000593Brouncker, William, 2nd Viscount BrounckerApril 2000
IM/005408Brouncker, William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker1989/90
RBO/1/21'Answer to the foregoeing Probleme By The Lord Brouncker'1 October 1661
NLB/1/488Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr Dyer, 8 Orchard Street, Portman Square30 June 1887
LBO/2/26Copy letter from Speed, Bristol, to Willliam Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker20 November 1667
NLB/10/360Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Osmund Airy, Solihull, Birmingham13 November 1894
NLB/11/492Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Henry Benjamin Wheatley, Society of Arts, John Street, Adelphi, W.C.12 July 1895
LBO/2/68Copy letter from William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker, to Cardinal Leopold de Medici26 March 1668
CLP/3i/55Paper, 'The cases of motion are but three as is thus made out' produced by William Brouncker10 June 1669
CLP/3i/54/1Paper, 'Animadversiones in novam theoriam [amendments to the new theory] of Christopher Wren and Christian Huygens' by Francis Willughby1669
MS/390/13Bond of William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker, to the Treasurer of the Royal Society23 November 1674
EL/H1/105Thomas Hobbes, dated at Chatsworth, to Mr Brookes20 October 1668
CLP/3i/54Paper, 'Animadversiones in novam theoriam [amendments to the new theory] of Christopher Wren and Christian Huygens' by Francis Willughby1669
CLP/8i/29Paper, 'How to make an instrument to know the height of the pole the longitude, the declination of the sun, the amplitude and the variation of the needle at any houre of the day' by an anonymous author.[17th Century]
CLP/6/5Paper, 'Account of the sounding of the depth of the sea between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight with the wooden globe and lead' by William Brouncker and Robert Moray1662
CLP/4i/34/2Drawing, device for measuring wind by William Brouncker5 February 1673
CLP/1/15/3Diagrams on the pendulum by William Brouncker22 January 1662
CLP/3i/15Paper, 'The use of the pendulum watches at sea' by William Brouncker[c17th Century]
CLP/1/15/2Diagrams on the pendulum by William Brouncker22 January 1662
CLP/24/11/2Diagram, The Parisian problem by Henry OldenburgDecember 1667/January 1668
CLP/4i/21Paper, 'A new experiment on the effect of the varying weight of the atmosphere on some bodies in the water' by Robert Boyle1671
CLP/1/11/7Diagram, for doubling the cube by William Brouncker1669
CLP/1/11/6Diagram, erroneous diagram for Brouncker's paper on the pendulum by Christopher Wren1669
CLP/1/15/1Paper, 'Imagine the curve AXC to be made up of an infinite number of equal sides...' by William Brouncker22 January 1662
CLP/1/15Paper, 'Imagine the curve AXC to be made up of an infinite number of equal sides...' by William Brouncker22 January 1662
CLP/1/14Paper, 'To find two mean proportionalls betweene two straight lines given' [by Thomas Hobbes][c17th Century]
CLP/1/14/1Paper, 'To find two mean proportionalls betweene two straight lines given' [by Thomas Hobbes][c17th Century]
CLP/4i/34/1Paper, 'Observations on winds' by John Aubrey 14 December 16715 February 1673
CLP/4i/34Paper, 'Observations on winds' by John Aubrey 14 December 16715 February 1673
CLP/6/6/1Paper, 'Experiments of weighing glasse canes with the cylinders of quicksylver in them according to the torricellian experiment' by Jonathan Goddard and 'William Brouncker's account of the third experiment made by Dr Goddard'6 August 1662
CLP/6/6/2Diagram, weighing of glass canes and cylinder of mercury by Jonathan Goddard6 August 1662
CLP/6/6Paper, 'Experiments of weighing glasse canes with the cylinders of quicksylver in them according to the torricellian experiment' by Jonathan Goddard and 'William Brouncker's account of the third experiment made by Dr Goddard'6 August 1662
EL/B1/4Letter, from William Brouncker to the Duke of Ormond, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland3 January 1662
MOB/015Shoe buckle set with imitation diamondslate 17th century
EL/B1/105Monsieur Borcel, dated at London, to William Brouncker27 January 1664
RBO/1/34'An Experiment of the Instrument for Sounding of Depths without a line or cord made the 19 of March 1662 By The Lord Brouncker and Sir Robert Moray'nd
DM/5/60Minute of a meeting of a Committee to be appointed 'to consider of Mr Buckland's proposition to plant potatoes through all the parts of England' 20 March 1662
DM/5/101A list of benefactors to the Museum, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
IM/000591Brouncker, William, 2nd Viscount Brounckernd
DM/5/67'Transactions of the Mechanicall Committee'14 November 1664, 12 May 1665
RBC/1/37'An Experiment of the Instrument for Sounding the Depths of the Sea without a Line or Cord made the 19th of March 1662 By the Lord Brouncker and Sir Robert Moray'1662
EL/H1/92Henry Howard, dated at Cadiz, to William Brouncker21 February 1669
EL/B1/13Copies of two letters from William Brouncker, dated at London, and Christopher Wren8 October 1673
RBO/2i/39'An Account of the Experiments and Observations made by Lord Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray, Mr Bruce and Mr Hooke upon the Thames'18 March 1662
IM/007148Brouncker, William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker2002
RBO/1/32'Of the Recoiling of Gunns by The Lord Brouncker'nd
CLP/24/46Paper, 'Account of ye sounding of ye depth of ye sea between Portsmouth and ye Ile [Isle] of Wight with ye wooden globe and lead' by William Brounker and Sir Robert Moray17th century
CLP/1/11/8Diagram, for doubling the cube by William Brouncker1669
EL/L1/32Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to William Brouncker16 October 1677
EL/P1/15Copy of a letter from William Petty to William Brouncker1662
DM/5/66Minutes of meetings of the Mechanicall Committee July-October 1664
DM/5/70Resolution signed by Henry Oldenburg, appointing a Committee of the Royal Society to consider a way of determining the measure of a degree on the earth21 October 1669
RBO/1/36'A Demonstration of the vibration of a Pendulum in a Cycloid By the Lord Brouncker'1662
CLP/19/7Paper, directions for sea men bound for far voyages [1662]
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