Authorised form of namePower; Henry (c1623 - 1668); natural philosopher and physician
Datesc1623 - 1668
Place of birthAnnesley, Nottinghamshire, England, Europe
Date of birthc1623
Place of deathNew Hall near Elland, Halifax, Yorkshire, England, Europe
Dates and placesBurial:
Church of All Saints, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, Europe (23 December 1668)
Research fieldMicroscopy
Mr Higginson's School at Halifax, Yorkshire; Christ's College, Cambridge (BA 1644; MA 1648; MD 1655)
Practised at Halifax; correspondent of Sir Thomas Browne; conducted experiments with Richard Towneley, some reports of which later became part of 'Experimental Philosophy' (1664); transferred medical practice to Wakefield (1664); wrote but did not publish 'Historia physico-anatomica' (mid 1660s)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election01/07/1663
ProposerJohn Wilkins
Other Royal Society activityCorrespondent with William Croone (FRS 1663) regarding his experimental researches and meteorological observations
RelationshipsParents: John Power and Jane Jennings
Married: Margaret Foxcroft
Published worksRCN: 59584
General contextWith an increasing interest in medicine, in particular anatomy, Power became a firm part of the circle surrounding Francis Glisson (FRS 1661). His main work, published in 1664, were focussed on microscopy, air, and magnetism, of which the first was an important first step in English publications on the topic.
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn; Hunter; ODNB
Venn gives place of birth as Annesley, Notts
JT Hughes 'Henry Power (1626-1668) of New Hall, Elland and experiments on barometric pressure'. in Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, ns10 (2002), pp14-26
JT Hughes 'Dr Henry Power (1626-1668): The Medical Practice of a Halifax Physician' in Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society, vol 11 (2003), pp 56-67 - gives date of birth as 1626. "On entering Christ's College, Henry was 15, and his birthplace was given as Annesley, Notts" see also Cambridge records, Peile, 1910 p 477.
Originally elected 26 February 1662 [JB]; also elected and admitted 1 July 1663 [JB], also 'Dr Henry Power was again proposed ... and was presently elected, having been formerly chosen Already by the first Charter' 25 May 1664 [JB]. Power is therefore not considered an original Fellow of the Royal Society, a classification reserved for those named in the second charter of the Society granted in 1663, or elected within the following two month period stipulated therein for the declaration of Fellows. I.e the original Fellows are only those who were officially declared at the meetings of 20 May 1663 and 22 June 1663, elections like Powers's that predated these meetings were no longer recognised. The date of any subsequent re-election is given in this database as the official election date.
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Royal Society codeNA6761
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/P1/10Letter, from Henry Power to William Croone24 March
EL/P1/48aExtract of a letter, from Henry Powell to his father [William Daniel Powell]1667
EL/P1/48Extract of a letter, from Henry Powell to his father [William Daniel Powell]1667
LBO/1/11Copy letter from Henry Power, Halifax, to William Croone24 March 1661
CLP/4i/2Paper, 'Experiments in capillary tubes and syphons made this December (1661)' from H [Henry] Power to William Croone1661
CLP/4i/2/1Manuscript, 'Experiments in capillary tubes and syphons made this December (1661)' from H [Henry] Power to William Croone1661
CLP/4i/2/2Drawing, capillary tubes and siphons by H [Henry] Power1661
CLP/24/71Notes, On admissions to the Royal Society by Henry Oldenburg, Secretary of the Royal Society17th century
RBO/1/37'Experiments propounded by Sir Robert Moray and Recommended to Dr Power'nd
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