Authorised form of nameRooke; Lawrence (1622 - 1662); astronomer
Dates1622 - 1662
Place of birthDeptford, Kent, England, Europe
Date of birth13 March 1622
Place of deathGresham College, London, England, Europe
Date of death27 June 1662
Dates and placesBurial:
St Martin's Outwich, Threadneedle Street, London, England, Europe
Research fieldAstronomy
Eton College; King's College, Cambridge (admitted 19 June 1639; BA (1643); MA (1647)); Wadham College, Oxford (admitted 1650)
Fellow of King's College (1643); Retired to his estate in Kent (1647); Fellow-Commoner at Wadham College, Oxford (1650); Assisted Robert Boyle (FRS 1660) with his chemical experiments; Professor of Astronomy, Gresham College (1652-1657); Featured in Seth Ward's 'De cometis' (1654); Professor of Geometry (1657-1662); Intended to complete observations on Jupiter before his death
Membership categoryFounder Fellow
Date of election30/11/1660
Other Royal Society activityFirst official meeting of the Royal Society held in his quarters at Gresham College on 28 November 1660
RelationshipsParents: George Rooke and Mary Burrell
Married: Barbara Heyman
Children: four daughters and five sons
General contextWhile Rooke's astronomical work received much attention during his lifetime and shortly after, he has not become a 'household name' in the astronomy community. With the expansion of the colonialism and an increase in the Royal Society's travels to the East and West Indies, he was instructed to write a set of instructions and directions for seamen, which were published in 'Philosophical Transactions'.
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Ronan, C A. 1960. 'Laurence Rooke (1622-1662)', in Notes and Records, vol. 15, pp. 113-118
Thrower, N J W. 2003. 'Samuel Pepys FRS (1633-1733) and The Royal Society', in Notes and Records, vol. 57, pp. 3-13
Gribbin, J. 2004. 'The Fellowship' (Penguin Books)
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA6303
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/1/35'Direction for the Observations of the Eclipses of the Moone by Mr Rooke'nd
RBC/1/41'An Account of an Experiment made with Oile in the Long Tube By Mr Rooke and Mr Goddard'1662
CLP/8i/1Paper, 'Concerning the observations of the eclipses of the satellites of Jupiter' by Mr Rook [Lawrence Rooke]1661
RBO/1/38'An Account of an Experiment made with Oyle in the Long Tube' by Lawrence Rooke and Jonathan Goddard17 April 1662
CLP/3i/43Paper, 'Lex naturae de collisione corporum' ['The law of nature concerning the collision of bodies'] by Christopher Wren[1668]
CLP/8i/4Paper, 'Direction for the observations of the eclipse of the Moone' by Mr Rook [Lawrence Rooke]1662
RBO/1/33'Direction for Sea-men bound for farre voyages' by Mr Rookend
RBO/2i/3'Mr Rook's Discourse concerning the Observations of the Eclipses of the Satellites of Jupiter'10 July 1661
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