Authorised form of nameYoung; James (1811 - 1883)
Dates1811 - 1883
Place of birthDrygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Date of birth13 July 1811
Place of deathKelly, near Wemyss Bay
Date of death13 May 1883
Studied under Thomas Graham (FRS 1836); Andersonian University, Glasgow
Assistant to Thomas Graham and worked with him in University College, London; in business in Manchester; involved in manufacturing oils from a petroleum spring at Alfreton, Derbyshire (1848-1851); in partnership with Edward Meldrum and Edward William Binney (FRS 1856) maufacturing oils at Bathgate (1850); began selling paraffin (1856); donated £1,000 to the Royal Society, for general purposes (1878)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election12/06/1873
RelationshipsSon of John Young, joiner, and his wife Jean Wilson; married (1838) Mary
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5603
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1873/17Young, James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MS/373/1/99Testimonial by James Young and J B Kielston, Glasgow, supporting Thomas Edward Thorpe11 May 1874
RR/8/357Referee's report by John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh, on a paper 'Experimental determination of the velocity of white and of coloured light' by James Young and George Forbes[1881]
RR/8/356Referee's report by George Gabriel Stokes, on a paper 'Experimental determination of the velocity of white and of coloured light' by James Young and George Forbes19 July 1881
MC/11/209Letter from George Forbes, Scientific Club, 7 Savile Row, to Professor [George Gabriel] Stokes, [Secretary of the Royal Society]4 May 1878
MC/11Volume 11 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1877-1879
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