Authorised form of nameFox; Robert Were (1789 - 1877); geologist and physicist
ForenamesRobert Were
Dates1789 - 1877
Dates and placesBirth:
Falmouth, Cornwall, England (26 April 1789)
His house, Penjerrick, near Falmouth, Cornwall (25 July 1877)
Society of Friends' burial-ground at Budock, Cornwall
At home
Enter his father's counting house; countinued his own private study, being influenced by the work of Humphry Davy (FRS 1803) and John Dalton (FRS 1822); researched high-pressure steam and the temperature of mines; his work on geology and magnetism led to the improvement of the dipping needle, allowing more accurate observations at sea
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Robert Weare Fox , shipping agent and Quaker, and his wife Elizabeth daughter of Joseph Tregalles of Falmouth; married (1814) Maria, daughter of Robert Barclay of Bury Hill, Surrey; three children
Published works'On the Temperature of Mines' in 'Annals of Philosophy' 1822; 'Alloys of Platinum' in 'Annals of Philosophy' 1819;
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DQB
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA6084
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/710/38Extract of a letter from Robert Were Fox to John Phillips, York 9 April 1836
IM/Maull/001528Fox, Robert Werend
MS/710/37Letter from Robert Were Fox, Falmouth, to Davies Gilbert MP, Bridge Street, Westminster1 March 1831
MS/710/39Letter from Robert Were Fox to Robert Hunt26 December 1840
MS/710/40Letter from Robert Were Fox, Falmouth, to Thomas Bell, Secretary of the Royal Society, Somerset House, London19 December 1849
MS/710/36Letter from Robert Were Fox, Falmouth, to Davies Giddy [Gilbert], London2 May 1807
AP/15/20On certain irregularities in themagnetic needle produced by partial warmth, and the relations which appear to subsist between terrestrial magnetism and the geological structure, and thermo electrical currents of the earth1832
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
MS/710Letters to Robert Were Fox and to other members of the Fox family 1801-1873
RR/1/73Referee's report by Samuel Hunter Christie, on a paper 'On certain irregularities in the magnetic needle, produced by partial warmth, and the relations which appear to subsist between terrestrial magnetism and the geological structure and thermo-electrical currents of the earth' by Robert Were Fox27 June 1832
EC/1848/07Fox, Robert Were: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MS/710/41Notes on instruments by Robert Were Foxnd
IM/001529Fox, Robert Were1988
MS/710/126Letter from Edward Solly; 32 Marlborough Buildings, Bath; to Robert Were Fox; Falmouth30 July 1848
MC/1/252Letter from Robert Were Fox, Falmouth, to Dr. Peter Mark Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society 29 July 1830
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