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Authorised form of nameRennell; James (1742 - 1830)
SurnameRennell
ForenamesJames
Dates1742 - 1830
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Upcott, near Chudleigh, Devon, England (03 December 1742)
Death:
London (29 March 1830)
Burial:
Nave of Westminster Abbey, London
ActivityResearch Field:
Geography
Career:
Entered the Royal Navy; left and joined the HEIC; Surveyor-General of the HEIC, Bengal
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
8/03/1781
Medals/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
Royal Society codeNA3649
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/3/15Infinite Seriesnd
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
L&P/7/185/1Paper, 'Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter' by James Rennell1780
L&P/7/185Paper, 'Account of the Ganges and Burrampooter' by James Rennell1780
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/10/54Paper, 'Observations on a current that often prevails to the westward of Scilly' by James Rennell1793
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
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