Authorised form of nameFranklin; Sir; John (1786 - 1847)
Dates1786 - 1847
Place of birthLincolnshire, England
Date of birth16 April 1786
Place of deathKing William Island, Canada
Date of death11 June 1847
OccupationPolar explorer
Joined the Royal Navy (1800); present at the battle of Copenhagen (1801); sailed in the Investigator with Matthew Flinders; Signal Midshipman on Bellerophon at battle of Trafalgar (1805); Lieutenant serving off New Orleans (1814-1815); Arctic exploration commanding Trent (1818); overland journey from Hudson's Bay, Canada, to Baffin's Bay (1819); further arctic exploration, then served in the Mediterranean (for 3 years); Lieutenant Governor, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) (1836); arrived in Tasmania (1837); recalled to England (1843); never returned from final arctic expedition (set out 1845)
Kt 1829
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election20/02/1823
RelationshipsHis niece married Alfred, Lord Tennyson (FRS 1865)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; AE
Deathplace from The Times, 11 June 2001;
G E Fogg, FRS, 'Lead astray', review of Owen Beattie and John Geiger, Frozen in time: the fate of the Franklin expedition in NR 2002 vol 56 p 119
A Savours, 'A New Life of Sir John Franklin FRS. Deadly winter: the life of Sir John Franklin, by M Beardsley' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 249-250
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7486
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/6Volume 6 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1859-1863
IM/001546Franklin, Sir Johnnd
MC/4Volume 4 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1844-1850
EC/1822/25Franklin, Sir John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
AP/23/25Register of Tides at Port Arthur1839
IM/001545Franklin, Sir Johnnd
MM/19/67Letter from James Yates to William Sharpey, Secretary, Royal Society15 September 1866
MC/4/298Letter from Jane Franklin, 21 Bedford Place, to the Earl of Rosse, [President of the Royal Society]15 November 1849
MS/426/417Copy letter from S H [Samuel Hunter] Christie, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir J K Pelly11 April 1850
IM/001544Franklin, Sir Johnnd
MC/4/304Letter from [John] Parker, [First Secretary to the] Admiralty, to the Earl of Rosse, President of the Royal Society 28 November 1849
MC/4/333Letter from [John Henry] Pelly, Hudson's Bay House, to the [Earl of Rosse] President of the Royal Society and to the Council14 March 1850
MC/6/35Letter from F L [Francis Leopold] McClintock, Captain, Royal Navy, to the Secretary of the Royal Society, Burlington House22 September 1859
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