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Authorised form of nameLeigh; Charles (1662 - 1717); physician and naturalist
Dates1662 - 1717
NationalityBritish
Place of birthSingleton Grange, Singleton-in-the-Fylde, Lancashire, England, Europe
Date of birth1662
OccupationPhysician
Research fieldNatural history
ActivityEducation:
School at Manchester; Brasenose College, Oxford (BA 1683); Jesus College, Cambridge (MD Com. Reg. 1690)
Career:
Practised in London and later in Manchester
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election13/05/1685
ProposerWilliam Musgrave
Other Royal Society activityHad some papers on medical matters published in the 'Philosophical Transactions' (1684);
Occasional correspondent to the Society (1680s)
RelationshipsParents: William Leigh
Married: Dorothy Shuttleworth
General contextUnfortunately, fairly little is known about Leigh's family background or his medical practice in London and Manchester. His writings show an interest in the medicine as well as natural history and the plant 'Leighia cass' is named after Leigh himself, as a synonym for the helianthus, a genus from the family more commonly known as sunflowers. It is possible that Leigh is the physician Dr Lee, who features frequently in the diaries of Thomas Bellingham and Lawrence Rawstorne. Despite occasional corresponence, he remained largely inactive in the Royal Society and was never in its printed lists.
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SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Venn; Hunter; Foster; ODNB
Notes:
DNB/ODNB gives date of death as 1701?, but mentions him as alive in 1705 and says his widow died before 1717; Venn gives date of death as 1717.
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/24945528
Royal Society codeNA5710
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/002709Leigh, Charlesnd
CLP/8ii/58/2Diagram, Davis's quadrant by Charles Leigh1737
CLP/8ii/58/1Manuscript, 'Description and life of an apparatus added as an improvement to Davis's quadrant consisting of a mercurial level for taking the co-altitude of the sun or star at sea without the visual assistance of the sensible horizon which frequently is obscure' by Charles Leigh1737
CLP/8ii/58Paper, 'Description and life of an apparatus added as an improvement to Davis's quadrant consisting of a mercurial level for taking the co-altitude of the sun or star at sea without the visual assistance of the sensible horizon which frequently is obscure' by Charles Leigh1737
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