Authorised form of nameRichards; Sir; George Henry (1820 - 1896)
Dates1820 - 1896
Place of birthAntony, Cornwall, England
Date of birth13 January 1820
Place of deathBath, Somerset
Date of death14 November 1896
Entered the Royal Navy on board HMS Rhadamanthus (1833); midshipman in expedition to the West Indies (1835); served in the first Chinese War; Lieutenant (1842); employed on the survey of New Zealand, then returned to England (1852); volunteered for the continuing search for Franklin; Captain (1854); employed to survey Vancouver Island (1856-1863), returning via the Western Pacific and Australia, thus completing his third circumnavigation of the globe; Hydrographer to the Admiralty (for 10 years); Rear Admiral (1870); retired (1876); Vice Admiral (1877); Admiral (1884); Managing Director, Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company (for 20 years, until his death); suffered from sciatica
CB 1871; Kt 1877; KCB 1886
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election07/06/1866
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
VP 1868-1870, 1872-1873, 1876-1877, 1886-1888
RelationshipsSon of Captain G S Richards RN
Bulloch's Roll; DNB (MP)
Proc Roy Soc 1896-1897 vol 60 pp xxxii-xxxv signed by W J L W
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA6282
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/52/2On Deep Sea Thermometers1870
NLB/1/310Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to John Evans, also sent to Dr Geikie, Sir George Henry Richards, and Reverend Professor Bartholomew Price10 December 1886
NLB/3/338Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir George Henry Richards, Fellow of the Royal Society13 May 1889
NLB/13/749Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons 17 November 1896
NLB/5/305Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons7 May 1891
NLB/8/1132Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Admiral Sir George Henry Richards, Fellow of the Royal Society5 March 1894
NLB/11/963Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Admiral Sir George Henry Richards, Fellow of the Royal Society9 November 1895
RR/6/116Referee's report by George Henry Richards, on a paper 'On the amount and changes of the polar magnetism at certain positions in Her Majesty's iron-built and armour-plated ship 'Northumberland'' by Frederick John Evans22 May 1868
RR/6/261Referee's report by George Henry Richards, on a paper 'Contributions to terrestrial magnetism.—No. XI' by Edward Sabine16 July 1868
RR/10/115Referee's report by George Henry Richards, on a paper 'On Meldrum’s rules for handling ships in the Southern Indian Ocean' by Ralph Abercromby21 June 1888
MS/427/110Copy letter from [Thomas Henry] Huxley, Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Secretary of the H. M. Treasury17 June 1881
EC/1866/11Richards, Sir George Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
NLB/9/877Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to W Graham Greene, Admiralty, Whitstable24 July 1894
PT/68/11Letter, requesting tidal observations from Port Leopold from [George] Henry Richards to Walter White27 April 1869
MC/9/300Letter from G [George] Henry Richards, Hydrographic Department, Admiralty, Whitehall, to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]27 December 1871
MC/9/378Letter from Geo [George] Henry Richards to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society]22 May 1872
MC/9Volume 9 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1870-June 1873
MC/11Volume 11 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1877-1879
MC/11/38Letter from [the Meteorological Committee], Meteorological Office, 116 Victoria Street, to [Joseph Dalton Hooker], President of the Royal Society and to the Council31 March 1877
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