Authorised form of nameSix; James (1730 - 1793)
Dates1730 - 1793
Place of birthCanterbury, Kent, England
Date of birth30 January 1730
Place of deathCanterbury, Kent
Date of death25 August 1793
Research fieldAstronomy; electricity
Began in the family's silk business; invented the maximum and minimum thermometer which bears his names; also was a florist and philanthropist
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/01/1792
RelationshipsBelonged to a French refugee family which settled in Canterbury in Elizabethan times, fleeing Portestant persecution; established the silk trade there
Bulloch's Roll; DNB (MP)
Jillian F Austin and Anita McConnell, 'James Six, FRS - Two Hundred Years of the Six Self-Registering Thermometer' in NR 1980 vol 35 pp 49-65
Royal Society codeNA5529
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1791/26Six, James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/8/89Letter, 'Variation of local heat as determined by a special thermometer' from James Six to Francis Wollaston10 March 1784
NLB/37/558Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Major P [Percy Alexander] MacMahon, Fellow of the Royal Society6 April 1908
L&P/7/240Paper, 'Of an improved thermometer' by James Six10 February 1782
L&P/7/240/1Letter, 'Of an improved thermometer' from James Six to unknown recipient10 February 1782
L&P/7/240/2Plate, 'Thermometer and associated graph' by James Six1782
L&P/9/72Letter, 'Experiments on local heat' from James Six to Francis Wollaston1788
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