Authorised form of namePrice; James (1752 - 1783)
Other forms of surnameHigginbottom
Dates1752 - 1783
Place of birthLondon, England
Date of birth1752
Date of death03 or 08 August 1783
MA (1777) Magdalen College, Oxford; MD (1782) Oxford
Apparently transmuted mercury into gold in his private laboratory at Stoke near Guildford (6-25 May 1782); witnesses included Lord Onslow and Lord Palmerston; some of the gold was presented to King George III; published 'Account of some experiments....' (1782); asked to repeat the experiment in front of Royal Society and hesitated to do so; he committed suicide by poisoning himself with laurel-water, he had invited the Royal Society to see his experiments, some accounts state that he died in the presence of three Fellows who had come to his laboratory while others say that none came and he died alone.
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election10/05/1781
RelationshipsChanged his name from Higginbottom to Price in accordance with the will of a relative who had bequeathed him a fortune
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Election certificate has surname "Higginbottom" crossed out, and "Price" inserted
DNB gives date of birth as 1757/8 and date as death as 31 July 1783.
Royal Society codeNA7253
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1781/08Price, James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
CB/1/6/189Copy from memory of a letter from Charles Blagden, Paris to M Wall14 May 1783
CB/1/3/282Letter from J Dryander to Charles Blagden, Physician to the Army at Plymouth3 August 1782
CB/1/1/80Letter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square to Charles Blagden, Physician to the Army at Plymouth14 July 1782
CB/1/6/188Letter from M Wall, Oxford to Charles Blagden, King's Road, Bedford Row20 June 1783
NLB/11/862Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Philip Joseph Hartog, Owens College, Manchester21 October 1895
CB/1/1/82Letter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square to Charles Blagden, Physician to the Army at Plymouth19 August 1782
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