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Authorised form of namePeacock; George (1791 - 1858)
SurnamePeacock
ForenamesGeorge
Dates1791 - 1858
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Thornton Hall, Denton, County Durham, England (09 April 1791)
Death:
Ely, Cambridgeshire (08 November 1858)
Burial:
Ely cemetery, Cambridgeshire
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics
Education:
Trinity College, Cambridge. BA (1813, 2nd Wrangler and 2nd Smith's prizeman), MA (1816)
Career:
Second in his year to J F W Herschel (FRS 1813); Lecturer on Mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge (1815); Loudean Professor of Astronomy (1836); Dean of Ely (1839-1858); published a memoir of Thomas Young (FRS 1794)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
29/01/1818
Council:
VP 1834-1835, 1840-1841, 1845-1846, 1851-1852, 1856-1857
RelationshipsSon of Thomas Peacock perpetual curate of Denton; married (1847) Frances Elizabeth, daughter of William Selwyn; her brother was William Selwyn (FRS 1866); no children
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1857-1859 vol 9 pp 536-543
References:
M V Wilkes, 'Herschel, Peacock, Babbage and the Development of the Cambridge Curriculum' in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 205-219
M V Wilkes, 'Charles Babbage and his world' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 353-365
Notes:
DSB is source of death place.
Royal Society codeNA7093
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/22/23Letter from George Peacock, Deanery, Ely, to [John Dunn Gardner]26 September 1848
MM/22/26Letter from George Peacock, Deanery, Ely, to [John Dunn Gardner]12 September 1853
MM/22/27Letter from George Peacock, Deanery, Ely, to [John Dunn Gardner]14 October 1853
P/0099Portrait of Peacock, George
IM/003463Peacock, Georgend
RR/1/57Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'A comparison of the first and second edition of the Commercium Epistolicum D Johannis Collins at aliorum de anaysi promta' by Augustus De Morgan16 October 1847
RR/2/3Letter by George Peacock, accompanying his report on a paper 'On the eclipses of Agathocles, Thales and Xerxes' by George Biddell Airy10 February 1853
RR/3/244Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On hourly observations of the magnetic declination made by Captain Rochfort Maguire, R. N., and the officers of H. M. S. ‘Plover,' in 1852, 1853 and 1854, at Point Barrow, on the shores of the polar sea' by Edward Sabine4 November 1857
MS/426/128Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Very Rev. Dean of Ely [George Peacock]10 April 1845
RR/1/1Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'The variation of a triple integral' by Richard Abbott[1832]
RR/2/4Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the eclipses of Agathocles, Thales and Xerxes' by George Biddell Airy1853
RR/3/8Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the construction of the new national standard of length & its principal copies' by George Biddell Airy2 July 1857
RR/1/238Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Researches in the integral calculus - Part II' by H F Talbot[c.1837]
RR/2/209Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the theory of definite integrals' by William Henry Leighton Russell28 February 1855
RR/2/178Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Researches in symbolical physics. On the translation of a directed magnitude as symbolised by a product. The principles of statics established symbolically' by Matthew O'Brien30 January 1852
RR/3/239Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the lunar-diurnal magnetic variation at Toronto' by Edward Sabine8 July 1856
RR/3/237Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On periodical laws discoverable in the mean effects of the larger magnetic disturbances.—No. III' by Edward Sabine22 April 1856
RR/1bis/8Referee's report by George Peacock, on an untraced paper on dynamical researches by Bellnd [1844]
RR/1bis/5Letter from George Peacock, to Samuel Hunter Christie, regarding a paper 'On the resolution of numerical equations' by Joseph Agar11 May 1845
RR/1/168Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Analysis of the roots of equations' by Robert Murphy[1837]
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/1/167Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'First memoir on the theory of analytical operations' by Robert Murphy8 February 1837
RR/1/178Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Démonstration complète du théorème dit de fermat: par François Paulet, de Genève, ancien élève de l’e'cole polytechnique' by M Paulet[c.1830]
RR/1/177Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Démonstration de l’égalité à deux droits de la somme des angles d’un triangle quelconque, indépendamment de la théorie des parallèles, et de la considération de l’infini' by M Paulet[c.1830]
RR/1bis/53Second referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the curvature of surfaces' by John R Young[1839]
RR/1bis/6Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the resolution of numerical equations' by Joseph Agar15 May 1845
RR/2/188Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the extension of the principle of Fermat’s theorem of the polygonal numbers to the higher orders of series whose ultimate differences are constant. With a new theorem proposed, applicable to all the orders' by Jonathan Frederick Pollock8 April 1850
RR/2/181Third referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Researches in symbolical physics. On the translation of a directed magnitude as symbolised by a product. The principles of statics established symbolically' by Matthew O'Brien[1852]
RR/1bis/48Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On factorial expressions and the summation of hydraic series' by Tate29 April 1843
RR/1bis/51Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'A new method of solving numerical equations' by Thomas Weddle10 June 1841
RR/1bis/10Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the rectification and quadrature of the spherical ellipse' by James Booth1 October 1842
RR/1bis/42Second referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Investigation of a new and simple series, by which the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference may easily be computed to any required degree of accuracy' by William Rutherford10 November 1841
RR/1bis/52Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the curvature of surfaces' by John R Young2 March 1839
RR/1bis/43Third referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Investigation of a new and simple series, by which the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference may easily be computed to any required degree of accuracy' by William Rutherford19 November 1841
RR/1bis/41Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Investigation of a new and simple series, by which the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference may easily be computed to any required degree of accuracy' by William Rutherford8 June 1841
MS/426/153Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Dean of Ely [George Peacock]31 October 1845
MS/426/6Copy letter from Lord Northampton [Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton] President of the Royal Society; to the Right Honourable, the Chancellor of the Exchequer [Francis Thornhill Baring]11 January 1841
MS/426/161Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Dean of Ely [George Peacock]21 November 1845
MS/426/8Copy letter from J W [John William] Lubbock, Treasurer of the Royal Society; to the Dean of Ely [George Peacock], Secretary, Ely1 February 1841
MS/426/264Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Dean of Ely [George Peacock]11 March 1847
MS/426/71Copy letter from [Peter Mark] Roget, Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Right Rev. Dean of Ely [George Peacock], FRS2 February 1843
MS/426/696Copy letter from W [William] Sharpey, Secretary of the Royal Society; to C Jasper Selwyn Esq25 June 1860
MS/426/7Copy letter from Lord Northampton [Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton] President of the Royal Society; to the Right Honourable, the Master General of the Ordnance [Richard Hussey Vivian?]11 January 1841
MM/10/168Report from the British Association about applying to the Government for funds for printing Lalande's 'Histoire Celeste'12 January 1843
MM/22/22Letter from J Wailes to George Peacock22 September 1848
MM/22/24Letter from George Peacock, Deanery, Ely, to [John Dunn Gardner]13 March 1852
RR/2/180Second referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Researches in symbolical physics. On the translation of a directed magnitude as symbolised by a product. The principles of statics established symbolically' by Matthew O'Brien28 April 1852
RR/3/3Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Discussion of the observed deviations of the compass in several ships, wood-built and iron-built: with a general Table for facilitating the examination of compass-deviations' by George Biddell Airy1855
RR/3/243Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'On the evidence of the existence of the decennial inequality in the solar-diurnal magnetic variations, and its non-existence in the lunar-diurnal variation, of the declination at Hobarton' by Edward Sabine24 December 1857
RR/2/41Referee's report by George Peacock, on a paper 'Analytical researches connected with Steiner’s extension of Malfatti’s problem' by Arthur Cayley21 June 1852
MS/426/474Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles Young1 November 1852
EC/1817/20Peacock, George: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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