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Authorised form of nameWilson; Benjamin (1721 - 1788)
Dates1721 - 1788
NationalityBritish
Place of birthLeeds, Yorkshire, England
Date of birth1721
Place of death56 Great Russell Street, Bloomesbury, London
Date of death06 June 1788
Dates and placesBurial:
St George the Matyr's burying ground
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election05/12/1751
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1760
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
Marta Cavazza, 'The Institute of Science of Bologna and the Royal Society in the eighteenth century' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 3-25, plate
R V Jones, 'Benjamin Franklin' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 201-225
R W Home, 'Some Manuscripts on Electrical and Other Subjects Attributed to Thomas Bayes, FRS' in NR 1974-5 vol 29 pp 81-90
D J Bryden, 'Note on a Further Portrait of James Short, FRS' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 109-112
G L'E Turner, 'A Portrait of James Short, FRS, Attributable to Benjamin Wilson, FRS' in NR 1967 vol 22 pp 105-112
Douglas McKie, 'Priestley's Laboratory and Library and Other of his Effects' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 114-136
Royal Society codeNA5600
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/4/78Letter from Benjamin Wilson, Bloomsbury, to St Paul's Cathedral Dean & Chapter1 March 1773
MM/11/41Notes from the minutes of meetings of the Purfleet Magazine Committee1772
MS/391/75Bond of Benjamin Wilson to the Treasurer of the Royal Society12 December 1751
L&P/4/227Paper, 'Prevention of ill effects of lightning, anent Captain Dibden's observations' by Benjamin Wilson2 July 1764
L&P/4/262Letter, 'Of Mr Hardy's paper on colours produced by electricity' from Benjamin Wilson to Edward Hussey Delaval2 May 1765
L&P/4/26Letter, 'Concerning electricty' from Thorbern Olof Bergman to Benjamin Wilson17 October 1760
L&P/7/27Paper, 'New experiments and observations on the nature and uses of conductors' by Benjamin Wilson12 November 1777
L&P/4/105Letter, 'On withdrawing a paper' from Edward Hussey Delaval to Benjamin Wilson23 March 1762
L&P/4/103Letter, 'Observations of aurora borealis made in Sweden' from Thorbern Olof Bergman to Benjamin Wilson28 April 1761
L&P/7/70Letter, 'An account of Dr Gowin Knight's method of making artifical loadstones' from Benjamin Wilson to Joseph Banks1 December 1778
L&P/6/48Paper, 'Further experiments on lightning' by Benjamin Wilson23 February 1774
L&P/7/59/1Paper, 'New experiments with the Leyden phial' by Benjamin Wilson23 June 1778
L&P/7/59/2Plate, 'Leyden Phial attached to a point and ball, the same distance from asphere of copper' by Benjamin Wilson1778
L&P/7/59Paper, 'New experiments with the Leyden phial' by Benjamin Wilson23 June 1778
L&P/7/26/1Papers, 'An accident by lightning at Purfleet' by Edward Nickson, Benjamin Wilson, William Henly, Edward Nairne, Timothy Lane, John Boddington and Joseph Planta19 June 1777
EC/1751/10Wilson, Benjamin: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/4/154Letter, 'On electricity and thunderstorms' from Thorbern Olaf Bergman to Benjamin Wilson20 November 1762
L&P/4/175Letter, 'Electrical experiments' from John Bevis to Benjamin Wilson6 December 1763
L&P/7/26Papers, 'An accident by lightning at Purfleet' by Edward Nickson, Benjamin Wilson, William Henly, Edward Nairne, Timothy Lane, John Boddington and Joseph Planta19 June 1777
L&P/5/106Paper, 'Report on preserving St Paul's Cathedral from the effects of lightning' by the Royal Society Committee7 June 1769
L&P/7/113Letter, 'Of phosphor' from Benjamin Wilson to Leonhard Euler25 May 1779
L&P/3/180Letter, 'Explanation of the Leyden experiment' from Benjamin Wilson to the Royal Society24 June 1756
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