Authorised form of namePope; Walter (c1627 - 1714); astronomer and writer
Datesc1627 - 1714
Place of birthFawsley, Northamptonshire, England, Europe
Date of birthc.1627
Place of deathBunhill Fields, London, England, Europe
Dates and placesBaptism:
All Saints', Oxford, England, Europe (30 November 1628)
St Giles's, Cripplegate, London, England, Europe (25 June 1714)
Westminster School; Trinity College, Cambridge (admitted 1645); Wadham College, Oxford (BA 1649; MA 1651; MD 1661); Incorporated at Cambridge (1657)
Fellow of Wadham (1651-1662); Sub-warden of Wadham (1658); travelled to France (1658-1659); Dean of Wadham (1660-1661); Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, London (1661-1687); travelled abroad and spent two years in Italy (c.1664-1666); Registrar for the Diocese of Chester (1668-1714)
Membership categoryOriginal Fellow
Date of election20/05/1663
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
On council in 1666-1667.
Committee and panels:
Mechanical Committee (1664)
Other Royal Society activityInvolved in observations of Jupiter's satellites with Christopher Wren (FRS 1663) (1661); Whilst in Italy, Pope was one of the Society's correspondents on matters of natural philosophy; Two papers on solar observations were published in the 'Philosophical Transactions'
RelationshipsParents: Francis Pope and Jane Dod
Siblings: Half-brother of John Wilkins (FRS 1663)
Published worksRCN: R82667
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Venn; Foster; ODNB
The election date is Pope's re-election date into the Society after the grant of the second charter in April 1663. All Fellows admitted in a two-month window after this charter, until 22 June 1663, are considered Original Fellows. He was previously admitted into the Society on 22 May 1661.
Approximate year of birth taken from Hunter, who also states that he was last in 1698 list.
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Royal Society codeNA5616
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/P1/46Account of quicksilver mines in Idria by Walter Pope, dated at Venice1664
LBO/1/55Copy extract of letter from Walter Pope, Rome, to John Wilkins5 April 1664
CLP/8i/13Copy paper, 'The eclipse was observ'd by Francis Willoughby [Willughby], [Walter] Pope, [Henry] Phillips and myself in Gresham College, London, 22 June 1666' by Robert Hooke1666
CLP/8i/13a/2Diagram, solar eclipse by unknown artist1666
EL/T/21Letter, from Richard Towneley to Walter Pope, dated at Towneley16 October 1669
EL/P1/43Letter, from Walter Pope to John Wilkins, dated at Rome5 April 1664
EL/P1/45Letter, from Walter Pope to John Wilkins, dated at Brussels13 January 1664
CLP/8i/13a/1Manuscript, 'The eclipse of the Sun' by Francis Willughby, [Walter] Pope, [Henry] Phillips and Robert Hooke1666
EL/P1/44Letter, from Walter Pope to John Wilkins, dated at Padova [Padua]1 August 1664
CLP/8i/13aPaper, 'The eclipse of the Sun' by Francis Willughby, [Walter] Pope, [Henry] Phillips and Robert Hooke1666
RBO/3/49'Account Of the Eclipse of the Sun' by Robert Hookend
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