Authorised form of nameFranklin; Sir; John (1786 - 1847)
Dates1786 - 1847
Dates and placesBirth:
Lincolnshire, England (16 April 1786)
King William Island, Canada (11 June 1847)
Polar 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
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
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
Royal Society codeNA7486
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/001546Franklin, Sir Johnnd
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 to Lord Rosse15 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
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