Authorised form of nameLeach; William Elford (1790 - 1836)
Dates1790 - 1836
Place of birthHoe Gate, Plymouth, Devon, England
Date of birth2 February 1791`
Place of deathPalazzo San Sebastiano, near Tortona, Italy
Date of death25 August 1836
Dates and placesBurial:
Grounds of Palazzo de Ferraris, at San Sebastiano Curone near Tortona, then moved to perimeter wall of the cemetery, marked by his sister's original monument.
St Bartholomew's Hospital, London; in 1810 moved to Ediniburgh MD (1812, Edinburgh) Graduated from St Andrew's University Hospital in 1812.
Abandoned medicine for natural science; Assistant Librarian, Natural History Department, British Museum in 1813; Assistant Keeper, Natural History Department, British Museum (1821); published first part of his history of British crustaceae (1815); "his mind gave way"; retired to Italy with his sister (1821); died of cholera
Linnaean Society of London; the Entomological and Zoological Societies fo London; Fellow of the Royal College of surgeons; the Wernerian society of Edinburgh
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election15/02/1816
RelationshipsSon of Jane Elford of Bickham House, Roborough, sister to Sir William Elford (FRS 1790)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Proc Roy Soc 1836 No 27 p 439
E Murphy, 'A mad house transformed: the lives and work of Charles James Beverly FRS (1788-1868) and John Warburton MD FRS (1795-1847)' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 267 - 281
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7442
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RR/54/23Referee's report by Vernon Herbert Blackman, on a paper 'Researches on plant respiration IV— The relation between the respiration in air and in nitrogen of certain seeds during germination, (b) seeds in which carbohydrates constitute the chief food reserve' by William Elford LeachDecember 1935
EC/1815/24Leach, William Elford: certificate of election to the Royal Society
PT/11/22Paper, 'Observations on the genus Ocythoë of Rafinesque with a description of a new species' by Wm [William] Elford Leach[1817]
PT/13/9Paper, 'On the genus Ocythoë' extracted from a letter from Thomas Say to Wm [William] Elford Leach[1819]
PT/73/6/16Paintings, argonaut shell and eggs by Franz [Andreas] Bauer[1817]
PT/73/6/15Paintings, Helix janthina [marine snail] by Franz [Andreas] Bauer[1817]
PT/73/6/14Paintings, Ocythoe cranchii [winged argonaut] by unknown artist [1817]
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