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Authorised form of nameMendoza y Rios; Joseph (? 1762 - ? 1815)
SurnameMendoza y Rios
ForenamesJoseph
Dates? 1762 - ? 1815
NationalitySpanish
Dates and placesBirth:
Parish of St Vincent, Seville, Spain (15 September 1762, 1763 or 1764)
Death:
Brighton, Sussex (03 March 1815 or 1816)
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics, nautical astronomy
Career:
Entered the Royal Navy as Frigate Ensign (1776), promoted until rank of Commodore (1794); served on the warship "Oriente"; sailed on the "Santa Ines" when it was captured by English privateers (1779); imprisoned for a year in Cork, Ireland; returned to Cadiz (1780); commanded merchant ship "Rosario" (1782); aide-de-Camp to the Douke of Crillon; assistant harbour master, Cadiz; sent on a mission abroad to collect maps and other works to form a library for the Navy (1789); on his return was cashiered without pay, rank or uniform (1800); settled in England; invented astronomical and nautical instruments; persecution by the Spanish government, and domestic troubles, led him to hang himself
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
11/04/1793
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Notes:
BR gives birth date as 1763; DNB gives 15 September 1762 or 15 September 1764. Index to BR gives 1816 as an alternative death date.
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/49428361
Royal Society codeNA7288
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1793/01Mendoza y Rios, Joseph: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/8/46Letter from Mortlock, Surrey Place, to Joseph de Mendoza RIos11 March 1803
MM/8/75Letter from Jose de Mendoza Rios, Foley Street, to Sir Joseph Banks3 March 1814
MM/8/31Letter from Joseph de Mandoza Rios, Paddington, to Sir Joseph Banks2 June 1801
MM/8/80Letter from Jose de Mendoza Rios, Buckingham Place, to John Pond 18 December 1815
MM/8/76'Comparitive Analysis of Jose de Mendoza Rios's method for reducing the lunar distances...'c.1814
CB/1/5/17Letter from J Mendoza y Rios, Brighton to Charles Blagden, Paris5 January 1815
IM/003066Mendoza y Rios, Joseph
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
L&P/11/163Paper, 'On an improved reflecting circle' by Joseph de Mendoza y Rios1801
L&P/11/15Paper, 'Reserches sur les principaux problems de l'astronomie nautique [Research on the main problems of nautical astronomy]' by Joseph Mendoza y Rios27 November 1796
L&P/12/126Paper, 'A new practise of the multiplying circle' by Joseph de Mendoza Rios7 February 1806
MM/8/74Letter from Jose de Mendoza Rios, Foley Street, to Sir Joseph Banks26 February 1814
MM/8/72Letter from Jose de Mendoza Rios, Brighton, to Sir Joseph Banks24 November 1813
MM/8/71Letter from Jose de Mendoza Rios, Foley Street, to Sir Joseph Banks16 October 1813
MM/8/39Report of a committee of the Board of Longitude, into assisting Mendoza Rios publish tables facilitating the practice of astronomy at seac.1803
MM/8/40Copies and extracts of letters from Joseph de Mendoza Rios to Nevil Maskelyne, Astronomer Royal, on the topic of the publication of Mendoza Rios's tables to aid navigation at sea1802-1803
MM/8/73Note by Joseph Banks about Mendoza Rios and his method of calculationsc.1813
MC/1/57Letter from T. Phillips, 8 George Street, to William Thomas Brande, Secretary of the Royal Society 3 June 1818
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