Record

Authorised form of nameWales; William (c 1734 - 1798)
Datesc 1734 - 1798
Date of birthc. 1734
Place of deathLondon
Date of death29 December 1798
ActivityCareer:
Sent by the Royal Society to Prince of Wales' Fort, Hudson Bay; sent by the Board of Longitude to accompany Captain Cook; Mathematical master, Christ's Hospital (until 1798)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election07/11/1776
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
References:
G E R Deacon and Margaret Deacon, 'Captain Cook as a Navigator' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 33-42
L B Glyn, 'Israel Lyons: a short but starry career. The life of an eighteenth-century Jewish botanist and astronomer' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 275-305
M Croarken, 'Astronomical labourers: Maskelyne's assistants at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1765 - 1811' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 285 - 298
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/79174737
Royal Society codeNA5931
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/391/177Bond of William Wales to the Treasurer of the Royal Society14 November 1776
L&P/5/124Paper, 'Astronomical observations made for the Royal Society at Prince of Wales Fort, on the north west coast of Hudson Bay' by William Wales and Joseph Dymond1769
L&P/5/162Paper, 'The weather at Prince of Wales Fort, Hudson Bay 1768-9' by J Dymond and William Wales1769
L&P/7/238Paper, 'That Captain Cook sought for Cape Curcumcision under the proper meridian' by William Wales1782
L&P/7/61Paper, 'The solar sclipse of 24 June' by William Wales24 June 1778
L&P/7/212Paper, 'Hints of the use of tables of natural and logarithmic lines, tangents and in the numerical resolution of adfected equations' by William Wales1781
EC/1776/18Wales, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/7/25Letter from William Wales, Christ's Hospital, to Jesse Ramsden16 March 1781
MM/8/12Letter from William Wales, Christ's Hospital, to Sir Joseph Banks10 December 1798
MM/20/54Specimen census returns by William Wales17 May 1781
AP/7/18Unpublished letter, regarding Charles Wildbore's paper from Wm [William Wales] to Sir Joseph Banks15 March 1787
AP/7/21Unpublished letter, regarding Wildbore's paper from [Charles] Wildbore to Sir Joseph Banks 16 June 1787
L&P/9/104/1Letter, 'Description of an improvement in the application of the quadrant of altitude to a celestial globe, for the resolution of problems dependent on azimuth and altitude' from John Smeaton to William Wales19 November 1788
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