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Authorised form of nameRooke; Lawrence (1622 - 1662); astronomer
SurnameRooke
ForenamesLawrence
Dates1622 - 1662
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Deptford, Kent, England, Europe (13 March 1622)
Death:
Gresham College, London, England, Europe (27 June 1662)
Burial:
St Martin's Outwich, Threadneedle Street, London, England, Europe
ActivityResearch Field:
Astronomy
Education:
Eton College; King's College, Cambridge (admitted 19 June 1639; BA (1643); MA (1647)); Wadham College, Oxford (admitted 1650)
Career:
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
Royal Society activityMembership:
Founder Fellow
Election Date:
30/11/1660
First 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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SourcesSources:
DNB; DSB; Venn; Foster; Ward; Hunter
References:
Colin A Ronan 'Laurence Rooke (1622-1662)' NR' vol 15 (1960) p. 113-118
N J W Thrower, 'Samuel Pepys FRS (1633-1733) and The Royal Society' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 3-13
J Gribbin, 'The Fellowship', 2005, pp138-139
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/67927802
Royal Society codeNA6303
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/1/38'An Account of an Experiment made with Oyle in the Long Tube' by Lawrence Rooke and Jonathan Goddard17 April 1662
RBC/1/41'An Account of an Experiment made with Oile in the Long Tube By Mr Rooke and Mr Goddard'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, 'Directions for the observations of the eclipse of the moone' by Mr Rook1662
RBO/1/35'Direction for the Observations of the Eclipses of the Moone by Mr Rooke'nd
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