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Authorised form of nameBishop; George (1785 - 1861)
SurnameBishop
ForenamesGeorge
Dates1785 - 1861
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Leicester, England (21 August 1785)
Death:
14 June 1861
ActivityProfession:
Merchant
Research Field:
Astronomy
Career:
Joined a wine merchant's business, London, later becoming the proprietor; studied mathematics; interest in science began when he joined the Royal Astronomical Society in 1830. He learnt algebra from Augustus De Morgan; built and equipped an observatory at South Villa, Regent's Park (1836); used experienced observers such as W R Dawes and John Russell Hind, discovered eleven asteroids between 1847-1854. Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society (1833-1939), Treasurer (1840-1857), and President (1857-1859).
Freemason, initiated 11 December 1848, passed 12 March 1849 and raised 10 December 1849, St Alban's Lodge no 32, subsequently No 29 London.
Memberships:
FRAS (1830, President 1857 and 1858)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
09/06/1848
Published works'Astronomical Observations taken at he Observatory, South Villa, Regents Park, during the years 1839-1851'. 1852
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1862-1863 vol 12 pp iii-iv
Library and Museum of Freemasonry, 'Freemasons and the Royal Society: Alphabetical List of Fellows of the Royal Society who were Freemasons' 2010
Royal Society codeNA5551
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/000386Bishop, Georgend
EC/1848/03Bishop, George: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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