Authorised form of nameBishop; George (1785 - 1861)
Dates1785 - 1861
Dates and placesBirth:
Leicester, England (21 August 1785)
14 June 1861
Research Field:
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.
FRAS (1830, President 1857 and 1858)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Published works'Astronomical Observations taken at he Observatory, South Villa, Regents Park, during the years 1839-1851'. 1852
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
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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