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Authorised form of nameDerham; William (1657 - 1735); naturalist
SurnameDerham
ForenamesWilliam
Dates1657 - 1735
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Stoulton, Worcestershire, England (26 November 1657)
Death:
Upminster, Essex (05 April 1735)
ActivityProfession:
Clergyman, Church of England - Canon of Windsor
Research Field:
Natural history, natural theology, meteorology
Education:
Blackley Grammar School; Trinity College, Oxford. BA (1679), DD (by diploma 1730)
Career:
Ordained deacon (1681), priest (1682); Chaplain to the dowager Lady Grey of Werke; Vicar of Wargrave (1682); Vicar of Upminster, Essex (1689-death); practised as a physician in Upminster; Boyle Lecturer (1711, 1712); Chaplain to the Prince of Wales (1716); Canon of Windsor (1730); edited the works of John Ray (FRS 1667) and Robert Hooke (FRS 1663)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
3/02/1703
Council:
1709, 1711, 1713, 1715, 1717
RelationshipsMarried Anne, aunt to George Scott of Chigwell, Essex
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Foster
References:
Susan McMahon, 'John Ray (1627-1705) and the Act of Uniformity 1662' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 153-178
'Gentleman's Magazine' 1735, p218
P Fontes da Costa, 'The Culture of Curiosity at The Royal Society in the first half of the eighteenth century', NR 2002 vo l56 pp 147-166
A Cook, 'The end of the affair. The correspondence of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, vol 3 (1703-1719) by E G Forbes, L Murdin and F Willmoth' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 113-116
Notes:
DSB gives place of birth as Stoughton, Worcestershire (there doesn't appear to be a Stoughton in Worcestershire); Stoulton comes from the DNB.
A Mr Durham appeared at meetings without permission and proposed candidates - may be William Derham?
Virtual International Authority File51739997
Royal Society codeNA6239
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/D1/62William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Edmond Halley17 August 1714
EL/D1/48William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane1698
EL/D1/69William Derham to William Rutty15 February 1728
EL/D1/65William Derham, dated at Windsor Castle, to James Jurin24 October 1722
EL/D1/54William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane13 November 1709
EL/D1/55William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Richard Waller3 December 1711
RBO/16/29Account of a storm that happened at Prestbury in Gloucestershire on 24 May 1731 by Reverend Francis Weller to William Derham1731
RBO/19/22'Experiments concerning the vibrations of Pendulums' by William Derham1735
CLP/14i/67Account of a child's crying in the womb by William Derhamnd
RBO/18/38Meteorological observations from Italy, India and Norway in 1727, communicated to the Royal Society by Peter Kinck, and abridged by William Derham1733
EL/D1/70William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Cromwell Mortimer27 March 1732
EL/D1/53William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane20 December 1703
EL/D1/49William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane23 January 1699
EL/D1/64William Derham, dated Windsor Castle, to James Jurin27 October 1722
EL/D1/66Letter from William Derham 21 November 1728
EL/D1/63Letter from William Derham1714
EL/D1/58William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane23 February 1712
EL/D1/52William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to John Houghton 5 April 1703
EL/D1/61William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Richard Waller23 June 1714
EL/D1/50William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane5 March 1700
RBO/14/7'A Description of some uncommon Appearances observ'd in an Aurora borealis' by Reverend William Derham, canon of Windsor communicated in a letter to Hans Sloane1728
EL/F2/40Copy of a letter from Henry Forth, dated at Darlington, to the late William Derham1734
RBO/13/77Observations of the eclipses of Jupiter's satellites from 1700 to the year 1727 with comments about them by William Derham1727
EL/R1/63Thomas Robie, dated at Salem, to William Derham4 June 1723
EL/T/32Richard Towneley, dated at Towneley, to William Derham6 December 1703
CLP/9i/61Paper, 'An account of some magnetick experiments and observations' by W [William] Derham[1705]
EL/D1/56William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Richard Waller 14 January 1711
EL/T/68Michael Angelo Tilli, dated at Pisa, to William Derham26 February 1708
RBO/14/68Observations by Monsignor Bianchini in a letter of William Derham to Sir Thomas Dereham1729
EL/D1/47William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Hans Sloane3 January 1697
EL/D1/59William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to John Chamberlayne22 August 1713
IM/001137Derham, Williamnd
RBO/14/60Observations of Venus communicated in a letter to Hans Sloane by William Derham, Canon of Windsor1729
RBO/14/44'Observations of a Lunar Eclipse' in a letter from William Derham to Hans Sloane1728
P/0033Portrait of Derham, William
CLP/9i/62Paper, 'An odd kind of magnetick phenomenon' by W [William] Derham[1705]
CLP/9i/65Paper, 'Observations concerning the subterraneous trees in Dagenham, and other marshes bordering the river of Thames in the County of Essex' by W [William] Derham[1710]
RBO/9/87'Account of the Papers, Models and Figures which the Society received from Mr Hobbs of Wymouth in Doresetshire [Dorset]' by William Derham1709
CLP/15i/74Observation of wasps and the differences between male and female by William Derhamnd
CLP/5/10Paper, observations of the weather for 1706 by William Derhamc1706
IM/005703Derham, William2001
MS/366/5/3Experimenta et Observationes de Soni Motu, aliitque ad id attinentibus, facte a W Derham Ecclestice Upminsterentis Rectore, et Societatis Regalis Anglicane Socio1707
CLP/5/39Paper, weather observations from Petersburgh for september to december 1724 by Mr Consett1724
MS/366/4/7The history of the Great Frost in the last winter 1708 and 1708/9 by W Derham, Rector of Upminster FRS1710
CLP/4i/51Paper, 'Experiments about the motions of pendulums in vacuo' by William Derham1704
LBO/12/33Copy letter from Mr Townely to Willliam Derhamnd
LBO/20/11Copy letter from Willliam Derham, Upminster, to Dr Mortimer27 March 1732/ 1733
CLP/2/31Extract of a paper 'On the causes of the power and effects of musick' by Robert Hooke sent by William Derham1726
CLP/5/11Paper, tables of the barometrical altitudes at Zurich in Switzerland in 1708 observed by J J Scheuchzer and at Upminster by William Derhamc1708
CLP/5/4Paper, register of the weather at Upminster, Essex for 1703 by William Derhamc1703
CLP/3ii/10Paper, 'Observations concerning the motion of chronometers' by William Derham1714
L&P/13/2Paper, 'Abstract of meteorological observations made at Berlin and Lunden, Bettnam, Upsale, Bygdea and Pithea in Sweden' by William Derham1726
L&P/13/3Paper, 'Abstract of meteorological observations made at Naples, Bengal and Christiana' by William Derham1727
L&P/13/4Paper, 'Abstract of meteorological observations made at Naples, Bengal and Christiana' by William Derham1728
CLP/5/5Paper, register of the weather at Upminster, Essex for 1704 by William Derhamc1704
CLP/3ii/38Paper, 'Experiment concerning the vibrations of pendulums' by William Derham1735
CLP/4i/76Paper 'Observations of the lumen boreale, or streaming' by William Derham1727
CLP/5/3Paper, register of the weather at Upminster, Essex for 1701 by William Derhamc1701
CLP/4ii/1Paper, 'Of the meteor called ignis fatuus from observations made in England by William Derham in England and by others in Italy' communicated by Thomas Dereham27 February 1727
CLP/8i/59/2Drawing, sunspots by William Derham1703
CLP/5/14Paper, meteorological observations at Coventry, Warwickshire, and Upminster, Essex, by Henry Beighton and William Derhamc1708
EL/D1/57Letter from William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex30 May 1712
CLP/8ii/40Paper, observations of the appearances among the fixed stars called nebulous stars by William Derham1732
CLP/8ii/4Paper, 'Observations of the eclipses of Jupiter's satellites from 1700 to 1727' by William Derham1727
CLP/8i/60Paper, 'An instrument for seeing the sun, moon and stars pass the meridian of any place usefull for setting wathces in all parts of the world with the greatest exactness; to correct sun-dials; to assist in the discovery of the longitudes of places etc' by William Derham1705
CLP/5/2Paper, register of the weather at Upminster, Essex for 1700 by William Derhamc1700
CLP/5/9Paper, register of the weather at Upminster, Essex for 1706 by William Derhamc1706
CLP/5/7Paper, register of the weather at Upminster, Essex for 1705 by William Derhamc1705
CLP/5/8Paper, observations of the weather for 1705 by William Derhamc1705
EL/D1/68William Derham, dated at Windsor Castle, to William Rutty25 November 1728
RBO/14/9'The Difference in Time of the Meridians of diverse places computed from Observations of the Eclipses of Jupiter's Satellites' by William Derham1729
RBO/13/14'A curious Dissertation concerning the Causes of the Power and Effects of Musick' by Robert Hooke communicated by William Derham1727
EL/D1/67William Derham, dated at Windsor Castle, to James Jurin27 November 1722
EL/D1/60William Derham, dated at Upminster, Essex, to Richard Waller30 November 1713
RBO/7/73Part of a letter from William Derham, Rector of Upminster, dated December 6 1697, 'Giving an account of Some experiments about the height of the Mercury in the Barometer at the Top and bottom of the Monument and about Portable Barometers'1697
RBO/7/75Letter from William Derham to Hans Sloane 'about a contrivance to measure the height of the Mercury in the Barometer by a Circle on one of the weather Plates'1698
RBO/15/56'An account of the late hard Frost communciated in a Letter to Hans Sloane' by William Derham1730
RBO/18/35Abstract of meteorological observations from Berlin and Sweden by William Derham1732
RBO/11/108'Observations about Wasps and the Difference of their Sexes' by William Derham, Prebendary of Windsor1724
CLP/4i/58Paper, 'Critical observations concerning barometers' by William Derham1712
IM/001136Derham, Williamnd
L&P/13/1Paper, 'Abstract of meteorological observations made at Petersburgh and Lunden, Sweden' by William Derham1724
CLP/8i/59/1Paper, 'The Appearance of the spots on the sun in june and july 1703 as observed by William Derham'1703
CLP/8i/59Paper, 'The Appearance of the spots on the sun in june and july 1703 as observed by William Derham'1703
CLP/5/6Paper, 'Proposal of the weather, winds and height of the mercury in the barometer, on the first day of the month and of the whole raine in every month in the year 1703 and the beginning of 1704 observed at Towneley in Lancashire by Richard Towneley and at Upminster in Essex by William Derham'c1704
EL/N1/79Copy of a letter from Henry Newton, dated at Florence, by William Derham5 March 1709
EL/T/69Michael Angelo Tilli, dated at Pisa, to William Derham1712
RBO/9/105'Account of Conical Appearances in the Heavens which seem to account for the Increase both of the Magnitude of the heavenly Bodies and their Distance from one another near the horizon' by William Derham1711
RBO/16/21Several meteorological observations with comments by William Derham1731
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