Authorised form of nameLind; James (1736 - 1812); physician
Dates1736 - 1812
Place of birthScotland
Date of birth17 May 1736
Place of deathThe house of his son-in-law, William Burnie, Russell Square, London
Date of death17 October 1812
MD (1768, Edinburgh)
Accompanied Sir Joseph Banks to Iceland (1772); Physician to the Royal Household (from about 1777); mentor of Percy Bysshe Shelley while the latter was at Eton & thus possibly the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election18/12/1777
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Christopher Goulding, 'The real Doctor Frankenstein?', J R Soc Med 2002 95, pp257-9
Marta Cavazza, 'The Institute of Science of Bologna and the Royal Society in the eighteenth century' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 3-25, plate
D G King-Hele, 'Shelley and Science' in NR 1992 vol 46 pp 253-265
Averil M Lysaght, 'Joseph Banks at Skara Brae and Stennis, Orkney, 1772' in NR 1973-4 vol 28 pp 221-234
Andy Coghlin 'Dead man walking' in New Scientist 4 May 2002
Journal of Royal Society of Medicine, Vol 95 p 257
NOT James Lind (1716-1794) who wrote about the diseases of seamen
Royal Society codeNA6671
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/3/20Letter from C Mitchell, East India Company, London, to the Royal Society19 November 1778
MM/3/19Letter from the Royal Society to the Directors of the East India Company17 November 1778
L&P/4/111Paper, 'Of distilling fresh from sea water; attempy to use solar heat by means of a concave speculum' by John Robertson and James Lind26 April 1762
L&P/6/116Paper, 'On the wind-gauge' by James Lind26 May 1775
L&P/6/116/2Plate, 'Wind gauge' by James Lind 1775
EC/1777/17Lind, James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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