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Authorised form of nameTrembley; Abraham (1710 - 1784)
Dates1710 - 1784
Place of birthGeneva, Switzerland
Date of birth03 September 1710
Place of deathPetit Sacconex, near Geneva, Switzerland
Date of death12 May 1784
Research fieldZoology
ActivityEducation:
Studied mathematics at the Geneva Academy
Career:
Moved from Geneva to Leiden; tutor to the sons of Count William Bentinck at Sorgvliet and in The Hague (c1736-1747); correspondent of Rene-Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur and of Martin Folkes; discovered and proved that polyps reproduce asexually by budding without involving gametes; friendship with the second Duke of Richmond (brother-in law to Count William Bentinck); participated in the peace negotiations leading to the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle; escorted the third Duke of Richmond on the Grand Tour of the Continent; endowed by the Duke of Richmond and the King of England enabling him to return to Geneva
Memberships:
French Academy of Science
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/05/1743
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1743
RelationshipsGenevan family of French Huguenot origin; cousin of Charles Bonnet FRS
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB; Howard M Lenhoff and Sylvia G Lenhoff, 'Abraham Trembley and his Polyps' in Eighteenth Century Thought vol 1 (2003)
References:
G L'E Turner, 'Henry Baker, FRS: Founder of the Bakerian Lecture' in NR 1974-5 vol 29 pp 53-79
Nellie B Eales, 'A Satire on the Royal Society, Dated 1743, Attributed to Henry Fielding' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 65-67
Royal Society codeNA4983
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/1/321Letter, 'Observations on the fresh-water polype' from Abraham Trembley to the President of the Royal Society1744
L&P/1/271Paper, 'On the fresh-water polype' by Abraham Trembley31 March 1744
L&P/1/449Letter, 'Of the light from mercury in glass tubes caused by electricity' from Abraham Trembley to Martin Folkes4 February 1746
L&P/1/149Paper, 'On the freshwater polyp' by Abraham Trembley15 January 1742
L&P/1/271/1Letter, 'On the fresh-water polype' from Abraham Trembley to John Fothergill31 March 1744
L&P/1/189Letter, 'Acknowledgment of his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society' from Abraham Trembley to the Royal Society7 June 1743
L&P/3/125Letter, 'Of the earthquake in Holland on Feb 18' from J N S Allemand to Abraham Trembley1756
L&P/3/199Paper, 'Of the earthquake at Colen Liege and Maestricht on 19 Nov 1756' by Abraham Trembley26 November 1756
L&P/3/112Letter, 'Of the earthquake of 14 Nov' from Charles Bonnet to Abraham Trembley14 November 1755
L&P/3/227Letter, 'The thermometer reading at the Hague on 9 Jan 1757' from Abraham Trembley to Thomas Birch15 February 1757
L&P/3/155Letter, 'Of the causes of earthquakes' from Vitaliano Donati to Abraham Trembley [English translation]20 March 1756
L&P/3/153Letter, 'Of the causes of earthquakes' from Vitaliano Donati to Abraham Trembley20 March 1756
L&P/3/147Paper, 'An account by A. Trembley of the 'Essai sur l'histoire naturelle de la mer Adriatique' [Essay on the natural history of the Adriatic Sea]' by Vitaliano Donati1756
L&P/3/219Letter, 'Of certain shocks and earthquakes' from Abraham Trembley to Thomas Birch1 February 1757
L&P/2/42Letter, 'Of Essex steeples struck by lightning' from Abraham Trembley to Martin Folkes11 February 1750
L&P/3/61Letter, 'Extract from a letter to A. Trembley' from Johann Nicholaus Sebastian Allemand to Abraham Trembley9 December 1755
L&P/3/149Paper, 'On the stones in Nassau, Treves and Colen, resembling those of the Giants Causeway in Ireland' by Abraham Trembley18 March 1756
L&P/3/65Letter, 'Extract from a letter to A. Trembley [English translation]' from Johann Nicholaus Sebastian Allemand to Abraham Trembley9 December 1755
EC/1743/03Trembley, Abraham: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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