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Authorised form of nameSmyth; William Henry (1788 - 1865)
Dates1788 - 1865
NationalityBritish
Place of birthWestminster, England
Date of birth21 January 1788
Place of deathSt John's Lodge, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Date of death09 September 1865
ActivityCareer:
Admiral; scientific writer
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election15/06/1826
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
For Sec 1837-1839, 1850-1856;VP 1836-1837, 1846-1847, 1856-1857
RelationshipsFather-in-law of Sir William Henry Flower (FRS 1864); father of Charles Piazzi Smyth FRS and Warington Wilkinson Smyth FRS
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1866-1867 vol 15 pp xliii-xliv
References:
Margaret Bullard, 'My Small Newtonian Sweeper - Where is it Now?' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 139-148
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/69231186
Royal Society codeNA5062
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/30/18Unpublished paper, 'Attempt to apply instrumental measurement to the zodiacal light' by Charles Piazzi Smyth25 March 1840
DM/6/82Letter from W D Cooper to Admiral Smyth21 April 1856
MM/19/7Letter from Edward Sabine, Treasurer, Royal Society13 November 1854
MM/19/102Letter from William Henry Smyth to Thomas Bell, Secretary, Royal Society7 December 1852
MM/19/33Letter from Edward Sabine, Treasurer, Royal Society, to William Sharpey, Secretary, Royal Society14 April 1862
DM/1/3Letter from W H Smyth, Crescent, Bedford5 March 1831
AP/37/20Unpublished letter, regarding the decimal compass card from James Share to W H [William Henry] Smyth18 February 1855
AP/28/23Unpublished paper, 'On the decomposition and analysis of the compounds of ammonia and cyanogen' by Robert Smith24 November 1845
AP/33/24Unpublished paper, 'Experiments towards the construction of new forms of instruments for the correction of compass errors due to the presence of iron in ships; with investigations on the nature of the attraction of iron on the poles of magnets' by Julius Roberts1 February 1852
MC/5/73Letter from Benjamin Peirce, Harvard University, to Captain W H [William Henry] Smyth, [Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society]20 December 1852
AP/18/5cUnpublished letter, regarding reports on the wreck of HMS Thetis from W H [William Henry] Smyth to J G [John George] Children19 April 1834
RR/2/206Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'On the eclipses of Agathocles, Thales and Xerxes' by George Biddell Airy26 February 1853
MC/2/258Letter from William Henry Smyth, Bedford, to John George Children, Secretary of the Royal Society14 July 1837
RR/1/55Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on an unnamed paper by Demouville25 September 1838
RR/1/23Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'Planet Esaid’un nouveau catalogue sidéral, avec une réprésentation graphique, et une loi de simple et régulière distribution des étoiles autour du Pole, qui pourra fournir plusieurs avantages à I’ Astronomie pratique' by Joseph Bianchi16 October 1836
RR/2/138Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'On the mean temperature of the observatory at Highfield House, near Nottingham, from the year 1810 to 1850' by Edward Joseph Lowe30 August 1851
MS/426/557Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir R [Roderick Impey] Murchison9 February 1856
MS/426/465Note of letters from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Lord Rosse [William Parsons], Prof [Thomas] Graham, Capt [William Henry] Smyth7 May 1852
MM/19/104Printed letter to members of the Southern Telescope Committee, from Thomas Bell, Secretary, Southern Telescope Committee15 December 1852
DM/4/107Letter from Captain Smyth, Bedford, to James Hudson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society22 December 1830
IM/004296Smyth, William Henrynd
RR/1/6Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'An account of a protracting pocket sextant' by E Bainbridge10 July 1845
MM/12/70Letter from Charles Piazzi Smyth, London, to W H Smyth22 December 1852
RR/2/259Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'On the results of periodical observations of the positions and distances of nineteen of the stars in Sir John Herschel’s lists of stars, favourably situated for the investigation of parallax, contained in part III. of the Philosophical Transactions for 1826, and part I. 1827' by John Wrottesley, 2nd Baron Wrottesley5 March 1851
EC/1826/12Smyth, William Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/5/131Letter from [Carl Friedrich Philipp von] Martius, Munich, to Captain W H [William Henry] Smyth, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society3 December 1853
RR/1/160Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'New ideas on electricity, applied to the invention of an earthquake guard' by Pasquale Stanislao Mancini4 May 1838
RR/1/52Referee's report by William Henry Smyth and Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny, on a paper 'Some account of a new volcano in the Mediterranean' by John Davy [1832]
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
MC/3Volume 3 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1839-1843
MC/3/10Letter from William Henry Smyth, Athenaeum, to Messrs Hobson, 11 Nile Street, Liverpool15 February 1839
MC/3/43Letter from William Henry Smyth, Cardiff Castle, to Samuel Hunter Christie, Secretary of the Royal Society2 October 1839
MC/3/59Letter from [Adolphe] Quetelet, Secrétaire perpètuel de l'Académie Royale des Sciences et Belles-Lettres, to Captain [William Henry] Smyth, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society2 December 1839
MC/3/263Letter from William Henry Smyth, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, to Samuel Hunter Christie, Secretary of the Royal Society7 February 1843
MC/4/107Letter from John Ross, Captain with the Royal Navy, London, to Captain William Henry Smyth10 December 1845
MS/426/313Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to C P [Charles Piazzi] Smyth Esq18 February 1848
MS/426/419Copy letter from S H [Samuel Hunter] Christie, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Capt W H [William Henry] Smyth20 April 1850
MC/4/337Letter from [William Henry] Smyth, 3 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, to [Charles Richard] Weld, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]23 March 1850
MC/4Volume 4 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1844-1850
MC/5/31Letter from W H [William Henry] Smyth, [Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society], St John's Lodge, near Aylesbury, to Colonel [Edward] Sabine, [Treasurer of the Royal Society]13 February 1852
MS/426/474Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles Young1 November 1852
MC/5/57Copy letter from Baron von Humboldt, Potsdam, to [William Henry Smyth], Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society9 November 1852
MC/5/78Letter from W H [William Henry] Smyth, St John's Lodge, to Lord Rosse, [President of the Royal Society]23 December 1852
MC/5/80Letter from Edward Sabine, [Treasurer of the Royal Society], Woolwich, to Thomas Bell, [Secretary of the Royal Society]4 January 1853
MC/5/76Letter from John Phillips, St Mary's Lodge, York, to the Royal Society21 December 1852
AP/22/7Unpublished paper, 'De la chaleur du globe' [Paper on the heat of the Earth] by Demouville1838
MC/5/237Letter from W H [William Henry] Smyth, St John's Lodge, near Aylesbury, to the Society1 April 1856
MC/5/266Letter from W H [William Henry] Smyth, [Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society], St John's Lodge, to [Charles Richard] Weld, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society] 23 November 1856
MC/5Volume 5 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1851-1858
MC/6/24Letter from W H [William Henry] Smyth, St John's Lodge, near Aylesbury, to Sir Benjamin [Collins Brodie], [President of the Royal Society]28 April 1859
MC/6Volume 6 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1859-1863
AP/38/22Unpublished paper, 'On the application of photography to the physiognomic and mental phenomena of insanity' by Hugh W [Welch] DiamondApril 1856
AP/18/5dUnpublished copy of letter, regarding reports on the wreck of HMS Thetis from W H [William Henry]Smyth to J G [John George] Children19 April 1834
AP/18/5eUnpublished letter, from W H [William Henry] Smyth to P M [Peter Mark] Roget19 April 1834
RR/2/212Referee's report by William Henry Smyth, on a paper 'On the extension of the value of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter' by William Rutherford26 February 1853
AP/28/23/1Unpublished manuscript, 'On the decomposition and analysis of the compounds of ammonia and cyanogen' by Robert Smith24 November 1845
AP/30/18/1Unpublished manuscript, 'Attempt to apply instrumental measurement to the zodiacal light' by Charles Piazzi Smyth25 March 1848
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