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Authorised form of nameWhewell; William (1794 - 1866)
SurnameWhewell
ForenamesWilliam
Dates1794 - 1866
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Brock Street, Lancaster, England (24 May 1794)
Death:
Trinity College, Cambridge (06 March 1866)
Burial:
Trinity College antechapel, Cambridge
ActivityEducation:
MA
Career:
First person to give the term 'scientist' its modern meaning; Died from a mortal injury caused from falling from his bolting horse, Trinity College, Cambridge
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
13/04/1820
Medals/Prizes:
Royal Medal 1837
Lectures:
Bakerian 1848
Council:
VP 1835-1836, 1858-1860
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1867-1868 vol 16 pp li-lxi signed by J F W H
References:
S Ross, 'Faraday Consults the Scholars: the Origins of the Terms of Electrochemistry' in NR 1961 vol 16 pp 187-220, plate
R Robson and Walter F Cannon, 'William Whewell, FRS (1794-1866)' in NR 1964 vol 19 pp 168-191, plate
W H Brock, 'The Selection of the Authors of the Bridgewater Treatises' in NR 1966 vol 21 pp 162-179
P M Harman, 'Newton to Maxwell: the Principia and British Physics' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 75-96
John Hedley Brooke, review of Colin A Russell, Lancastrian Chemist: the Early Years of Sir Edward Frankland in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 135-136
M V Wilkes, 'Herschel, Peacock, Babbage and the Development of the Cambridge Curriculum' in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 205-219
William T Ashworth, 'Defining Whewell', review of Richard Yeo, Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge, and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 260-262, plate
Royal Society codeNA6578
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
DM/1/9Letter from William Whewell, Trinity College, Cambridge, to James Hudson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society6 March 1831
IM/004859Whewell, Williamnd
DM/1/30Letter from William Whewell, Trinity College, Cambridge, to P M Roget21 March 1831
DM/1/26Draft of a letter from P M Roget18 March 1831
IM/Maull/004857Whewell, Williamnd
MM/19/122Letter from William Whewell to Rev J S Howson20 March 1862
RR/1/2Referee's report by William Whewell and John William Lubbock, on a paper 'On an inequality of long period in the motions of the Earth and Venus' by George Biddell Airy12 January 1832
RR/1/259Referee's report by William Whewell and James Cumming on an unnamed paper by Charles Wheatstone[c.1830]
RR/2/65Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the lunar atmospheric tide at Singapore' by Charles Morgan Elliot25 March 1852
RR/3/133Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the physical structure of the old red sandstone of the country of Waterford, considered with relation to cleavage, joint surfaces, and faults' by Reverend Samuel Haughton20 April 1858
RR/2/261Referee's report by Sir John William Lubbock, 3rd Baronet, on a paper 'Researches on the tides.—fourteenth series. on the results of continued tide observations at several places on the british coasts' by William Whewell13 February 1850
RR/2/262Referee's report by George Biddell Airy, on a paper 'Researches on the tides.—fourteenth series. on the results of continued tide observations at several places on the british coasts' by William Whewell11 February 1850
RR/4/214Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the thermo-dynamic theory of steam-engines with dry saturated steam, and its application to practice' by William John Macquorn Rankine3 March 1859
RR/5/108Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the Tides of the Arctic Seas.— Part II. The semidiurnal Tides of port leopold, North Somerset' by Samuel Haughton4 December 1862
RR/5/107Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the tides of the arctic seas. Part I. On the diurnal tides of Port Leopold, North Somerset' by Samuel Haughton1 November 1862
RR/1/40Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'Experimental of laws of magneto-electric induction in different masses of the same metal, and of Intensity in different metals' by Samuel Hunter Christie[1833]
RR/1/36Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'Discussion of tide observations at Bristol' by T G Bunt4 April 1838
RR/1/107Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the state of the interior of the earth' by William Hopkins16 February 1839
RR/1/153Referee's report by William Whewell, George Peacock and Henry Coddington, on a paper 'Researches in physical astronomy' by John William Lubbock3 May 1832
RR/2/164Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'On the tides, bed and coasts of the North Sea or German Ocean' by John Murray29 March 1852
RR/1/24Referee's report by William Whewell, on a paper 'Planet Esaid’un nouveau catalogue sidéral, avec une réprésentation graphique, et une loi de simple et régulière distribution des étoiles autour du Pole, qui pourra fournir plusieurs avantages à I’ Astronomie pratique' by Joseph Bianchi5 November 1836
NLB/62/462Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Assistant Secretary of the British Association17 February 1922
IM/004858Whewell, William1835
CMB/42/2/4Minutes, meeting of the Royal Medal Committee in Astronomy13 April 1833
CMB/42/2/2Minutes, meeting of the Royal Medal Committee in Astronomy3 April 1833
EC/1819/37Whewell, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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