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Authorised form of nameKonig; Charles Dietrich Eberhard (1774 - 1851); botanist and mineralogist
Other forms of nameBotanical author citation: K.D. Koenig
SurnameKonig
ForenamesCharles Dietrich Eberhard
Dates1774 - 1851
NationalityGerman
Dates and placesBirth:
Brunswick [Braunschweig], Duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Europe (1774)
Death:
British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe (06 September 1851)
Burial:
Kensal Green cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe
ActivityResearch Field:
Natural history
Botany
Mineralogy
Education:
Georg-August University Göttingen (1795-1797)
University of Erlangen (1797)
Career:
Arranged Queen Charlotte's natural history collections at Kew Palace (1800); assistant to John Dryander (Sir Joseph Bank's FRS librarian) (1801-1807); launched and edited 'Annals of Botany'; assistant keeper in Natural History department at the British Museum (1807); keeper of the Natural History department (1813); published geological articles for Abraham Rees's 'Cyclopaedia' (1811); Published 'Icones fossilium sectiles' (1820-1825); keeper of British Museum's mineralogical and geological branch (1837)
Memberships:
Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1805)
Foreign Member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1831)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
18/01/1810
Proposers:
Joseph Planta; William Herschel; John Walker; William George Maton; Alexander McLeay; Anthony Carlisle; George Shaw; Edward Rudge; Gilbert Blane; Charles Hatchett; Williamm Tooke; Charles Dickinson; Thomas Young; John Barrow; George Best; Joseph de Mendoza [y] Rios
Council:
Foreign Secretary 1830-1837 (resignation of position read at Council Meeting on 1 June 1837)
Committee appointments include:
Committee of Geology and Mineralogy (31 May 1837);
Committee of Botany and Vegetable Physiology (31 May 1837)
General contextKonig often worked closely with Dr John Sims FRS in writing, translating and illustrating the publication 'Annals of Botany'. As assistant keeper for the British Museum's natural history and modern curiosities department, he arranged and catalogued the entire mineralogical collection over the course of a decade. His working relationships with John E. Gray FRS and Robert Smirke were frequently described as tense. Throughout his life, Konig was in correspondence with German scholars and scientists, e.g. Carl Friedrich Gauß FRS.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; ODNB
Kensal Green Cemetery 'Famous/Notable Residents'
Deutsche Biographie
https://kalliope-verbund.info/de/query?q=ead.creator.gnd%3D%3D%22116288728%22 [last accessed: 21/10/2021]
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/47509857
Royal Society codeNA3679
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1809/07Konig, Charles Dietrich Eberhard: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
IM/002568Konig, Charles Dietrich Eberhard1831
AP/21/6Observations on the Dry-rot of Ships and an effectual method to prevent it1837
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
RR/1/136Referee's report by Charles Dietrich Eberhard Konig, on a paper 'Welt Mechanik' by M Kropalschek14 October 1836
RR/1/27Referee's report by Charles Dietrich Konig, on a paper 'Physical and geological observations on the lake of Oo near Bagneres de la chou, in the year 1831' by Nerée Boubée[1830]
RR/1/262Referee's report by William Buckland, Charles Dietrich Eberhard Konig and Roderick Impey Murchison, on a paper 'Caves in Burrington Combe' by Williams[c.1840]
CMP/1/2Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society13 December 1832
CMP/1/1Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society1 December 1832
MC/1/198Letter from [Edward William] Brayley, Bruce Castle, Tottenham, to Captain Edward Sabine, Secretary of the Royal Society17 February 1830
MC/2/45Letter from Baron [Marie-Charles Theodore] de Damoiseau, Paris, to Charles [Dietrich Eberhard] Konig, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society7 August 1832
MC/2/103Letter from Charles [Dietrich Eberhard] Konig, Athenaeum, to John William Lubbock, [Treasurer of the Royal Society] 8 December 1833
MC/2/244Letter from James Mease, Philadelphia, to Charles [Dietrich Eberhard] Konig, Foreign Secretary to the Royal Society24 March 1837
MC/2/254Letter from Charles [Dietrich Eberhard] Konig, [Keeper of the department of minerals at the] British Museum, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society1 June 1837
MC/2/268Letter from Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 122 Vico Lungo del Gelso, Napoli, to Charles [Dietrich Eberhard] Konig, [Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society]20 January 1838
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