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Authorised form of nameRennell; James (1742 - 1830)
Dates1742 - 1830
NationalityBritish
Place of birthUpcott, near Chudleigh, Devon, England
Date of birth03 December 1742
Place of deathLondon
Date of death29 March 1830
Dates and placesBurial:
Nave of Westminster Abbey, London
Research fieldGeography
ActivityCareer:
Entered the Royal Navy; left and joined the HEIC; Surveyor-General of the HEIC, Bengal
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election08/03/1781
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1791 for his paper on the Rate of Travelling as performed by Camels, printed in the last (81st) volume of the Philosophical Transactions'.
RelationshipsHis wife was Jane Thackeray, great-aunt of William Makepeace Thackeray, the novellist
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1830-1831 No 1 pp 7-8
Notes:
Precise birth date from DSB - index to BR only gives year.
References:
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 1. 1731-1847' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 307-332
D Carr Agnew, 'Robert Fitzroy and the myth of 'Marsden Square': Transatlantic rivalries in early marine meteorology' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 21-46
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/76436481
Royal Society codeNA3649
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CB/1/6/46Letter from Major Rennell to Charles Blagdennd
CB/1/6/47Letter from Major Rennell to Charles Blagden, at Sir Joseph Banks's, Soho Square17 May 1817
NLB/10/395Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Fellow of the Royal Society17 November 1894
MC/2/38Letter from Lady [Jane] Rodd, [40] Wimpole Street, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, [Secretary of the Royal Society]21 May 1832
L&P/7/185Paper, 'Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter' by James Rennell1780
L&P/7/185/1Paper, 'Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter' by James Rennell1780
L&P/10/54Paper, 'Observations on a current that often prevails to the westward of Scilly' by James Rennell1793
L&P/7/185/2Plate, 'Plan of part of the course of the Ganges to explain the nature of the steep and shelving banks' by James Rennell1780
L&P/9/191Paper, 'On the rate of travelling, as performed by camels; and its application as a scale to the purposes of geography' by James Rennell1791
L&P/9/191/1Paper, 'On the rate of travelling, as performed by camels; and its application as a scale to the purposes of geography' by James Rennell1791
L&P/10/54/1Paper, 'Observations on a current that often prevails to the westward of Scilly' by James Rennell1793
IM/003787Rennell, Jamesnd
IM/003786Rennell, Jamesnd
EC/1780/18Rennell, James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
PT/3/25Paper, 'On the effect of westerly winds in raising the level of the British Channel' by James Rennell in a letter to Sir Jos [Joseph] Banks21 June 1809
PT/9/11Paper, 'Some further observations on the current that often prevails to the westward of the Scilly Islands' by James Rennell[1815]
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
AP/3/15Unpublished paper, regarding infinite series by [James] Rennell1 November 1820
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