Authorised form of nameOliver; William (1695 - 1764)
Dates1695 - 1764
Place of birthLudgvan, Cornwall, England
Date of birth04 August 1695
Place of deathBath, Somerset
Date of death17 March 1764
Dates and placesBurial:
Church of Weston, near Bath, Somerset; monumental inscription in Bath Abbey
OccupationPhysician; Author, medical
Pembroke College, Cambridge (admitted 1714); MB (1720), MD (1725); Leyden (admitted 1720)
Practised in Plymouth; moved to Bath (1725); Physician to the Bath Mineral Water Hospital (1741-1760); inventor of the Bath Oliver biscuit; shortly before his death he gave the recipe, along with ten sacks of the finest wheat flour and £100, to his coachman, who set up shop and made a fortune
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election22/01/1730
ProposerWilliam Derham
William Rutty
Cromwell Mortimer
RelationshipsSon of John Oliver of Trevarnoe, Cornwall; nephew of William Oliver (FRS 1703); father-in-law of Sir John Pringle (FRS 1745)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Innes Smith; Venn
Gentleman's Magazine 1764, p147 (obituary)
London Magazine 1764, p163 (obituary)
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA480
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/O2/183Letter from William Oliver, dated at Bath14 November 1729
EL/O2/184William Oliver, dated at Bath, to Cromwell Mortimer18 October 1736
EL/O2/182William Oliver, dated at Bath, to James Jurin29 July 1730
RBO/15/44Account of Trematon Castle in Cornwall from a letter of Reverend W B to William Oliver1730
CLP/14i/57Letter, 'Concerning a calenture' from Wm [William] Oliver to the publisher[1703]
LBO/21/3Copy letter from William Oliver, Bath, to Cromwell Mortimer3 April 1734
L&P/3/202Letter, 'A case of leprosy from birth' from William Oliver to William Watson16 November 1756
DM/5/102A list of benefactors to the Museum, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
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