Authorised form of nameClift; William (1775 - 1849)
Dates1775 - 1849
Dates and placesBirth:
Burcombe, near Bodmin, Cornwall, England (14 February 1775)
Stanhope Cottage, Hampstead Road, London (20 June 1849)
Highgate Cemetery, London
ActivityResearch Field:
Comparative anatomy, palaeontology
Apprenticed to John Hunter (FRS 1767) (1792); engaged by Hunter's executors to care for Hunterian collection (1793); Curator, Hunterian Museum
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Robert and his wife Joanna Curtis; father-in-law of Sir Richard Owen (FRS 1834)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1849 No 74 pp 876-880
Sir Harold Hartley, 'Richard Owen and William Clift' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 60-62
N G Coley, 'The Animal Chemistry Club; Assistant Society to the Royal Society' in NR 1967 vol 22 pp 173-185
Virtual International Authority File37721856
Royal Society codeNA7491
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1823/03Clift, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
PT/73/1/21Painting, "Frog [stomach]", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/1Painting, "Turkey's gizzard", by William Clift 1807
CB/1/3/73Letter from William Clift to Charles Blagden26 October 1819
PT/73/1/8Painting, "Dormouse [stomach]", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/2Painting, "Cod fish internal view", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/6Painting, "Internal view...beaver", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/3Painting, vertebrae and ribs of a boa constrictor, by William Clift1812
PT/73/8/27Painting, dugong pelvic bones, by William Clift1820
PT/73/3/9Painting, "Little auk [gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/3/11Painting, "American ostrich [Rhea gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/3/12Painting, "Rhea americana [gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/1/20Painting, "Viper [stomach]", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/5/8Painting, Lacerta gecko, by [William Clift] 1816
PT/73/1/16Painting, "Vampyre bat [stomach]", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/7Painting, "Beaver glands", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/6Drawing, cardiac cavities and gizzards of birds, by William Clift1812
PT/73/1/22Painting, stomachs of the turtle and blue shark, by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/10Painting, "Parrot [gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/1/5Painting, "External view...rabbit", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/13Painting, "African ostrich [gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/5/15Painting, fossilised Ichthyosaur vertebra, by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/1/12Painting, "Hog. Internal view", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/19Painting, "Hawk [stomach]", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/8Painting, "Larus canus" [Common gull gizzard], by William Clift1812
PT/73/3/1Painting, external view of the anatomy of hearing in Balaena mysticetus [Bowhead whale], by William Clift1811
PT/73/3/15Painting, "Struthio camelus [African ostrich gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/2/1Painting, vertebrae of Squalus maximus [Basking shark], by William Clift 1809
PT/73/3/14Drawing, "African ostrich [gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/1/10Painting, a view of the Ass's stomach inverted, by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/14Painting, "Cormorant's stomach", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/13Painting, "Elephant. Internal view", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/17Painting, "English long-eared bat [stomach]...", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/2Painting, internal section of the auditory structures in Balaena mysticetus [Bowhead whale], by William Clift1811
PT/73/1/18Painting, "Lynx [stomach]", by William Clift 29 April 1807
PT/73/1/11Painting, "Internal view...Kanguroo", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/15Painting, "Human [stomach] to show the Glands...", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/3/5Painting, "gizzard of the Soland goose...", by William Clift1812
PT/73/3/16Drawing, "Eagle [solvent gland]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/3/17Drawing, solvent glands of birds, by William Clift1812
PT/73/3/7Painting, "Woodpecker [gizzard]", by William Clift1812
PT/73/4/19Painting, heart of Lophius piscatorius [Angler fish], by [William Clift] 1813
PT/73/6/1Painting, heart and associated organs of the Sepia officinalis [Common cuttlefish], by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/6/2Painting, heart and associated organs of the Sepia officinalis [Common cuttlefish], by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/6/6Painting, Lumbricus terrestris [Earthworm] dissected, by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/8/22Painting, dugong caecum, by William Clift1820
PT/73/6/3Painting, Lumbricus marinus [Lugworm], by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/5/18Painting, fossilised Ichthyosaur paddle, by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/5/17Painting, "Squalus acanthias" [Spiny dogfish, scapula and pectoral fin], by William Clift1816
PT/73/6/4Painting, Lumbricus marinus [Lugworm] dissected, by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/8/21Painting, dugong tongue, by William Clift1820
PT/73/5/16Painting, fossilised Ichthyosaur paddle and scapula, by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/5/9Paintings, the feet of the Lacerta gecko and the house-fly with the gripping organ of the suckerfish, by [William Clift] 1816
PT/73/6/5Painting, Lumbricus marinus [Lugworm] dissected, by [William Clift]1816
PT/73/6/23Painting, human stomach, by William Clift1817
PT/73/8/19Painting, stomach of the dugong, by William Clift1820
PT/73/8/16Painting, nasal bones of the Proteosaurus [Ichthyosaur], by William Clift1820
PT/73/8/20Painting, gastric glands of the dugong, by William Clift1820
PT/73/8/15Painting, fossil skull and jaws of the Proteosaurus [Ichthyosaur], by William Clift1820
PT/73/1/3Painting, "Deer. Second cavity of the stomach", by William Home Clift 1807
PT/73/8/23Painting, dugong heart, by William Clift1820
PT/73/8/25Painting, dugong sexual organs, by William Clift1820
PT/73/8/24Painting, dugong respiratory system, by William Clift1820
PT/73/8/26Painting, dugong sternum, by William Clift1820
PT/73/9/1Painting, rhinoceros skull, by William Clift27 August 1821
PT/73/10/2Paintings, Vibrio tritici nemotode worms, by Franz Andreas Bauer1822
PT/73/10/16Painting, fossil hyaena jaw, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/12Painting, fossil metacarpal bones of a bos, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/6Paintings, eardrums of cattle, deer and hare, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/14Painting, fossil hyaena jaw, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/1Paintings, wheat infected with Vibrio tritici, by Franz Andreas Bauer1822
PT/73/10/10Paintings, fossil wolf jawbone, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/3Paintings, human eardrums, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/24Painting, the human eye, by Charles Bell 1823
PT/73/10/22Paintings, earthworm eggs and their development, by Franz Andreas Bauer1823
PT/73/10/4Painting, Indian elephant eardrum, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/8Painting, rock face at Oreston, by William Clift[12 August 1822?]
PT/73/10/7Painting, the caverns at Oreston, by William Clift12 August 1822
PT/73/10/20Paintings, earthworm, by Franz Andreas Bauer1823
PT/73/10/19Paintings, earthworm, by Franz Andreas Bauer1823
PT/73/10/5Painting, Indian elephant eardrum and mastoid cells, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/15Painting, fossil hyaena skull, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/11Painting, fossil horn core of a bos, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/9Painting, fossil metatarsal bone of a bos, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/17Painting, fossil wolf jaw, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/23Paintings, barnacles, by Franz Andreas Bauer1823
PT/73/10/18Paintings, ovaries and testes of the lamprey and conger eel, by Franz Andreas Bauer1823
PT/73/10/21Paintings, earthworm, by Franz Andreas Bauer1823
PT/73/10/13Painting, fossil horse foot, by William Clift1822
PT/73/10/25Painting, the human eye, by Charles Bell 1823
P/0024Portrait of Clift, William
RR/1/31Referee's report by William Clift, on a paper 'On the anatomical and optical structure of the crystalline lenses of animals, particularly that of the cod' by David Brewster18 June 1833
RR/1/135Referee's report by William Clift, on a paper 'The anatomy and physiology of the liver' by Francis Kiernan [1833]
RR/1/53Referee's report by William Clift, on a paper 'On the male organs of some of the cartilaginous fishes' by John Davy12 June 1839
RR/1/182Referee's report by William Clift, on a paper 'On the secretion and uses of the bile' by Benjamin Phillips26 January 1833
MS/426/621Copy letter from W [William] Sharpey, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Mrs [Prain?], Richmond5 March 1858
CMP/1/2Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society13 December 1832
PT/73/7/13Painting, fossil skull of the Proteo-saurus [Ichthyosaur], by William Clift1819
IM/000887Clift, Williamnd
IM/000888Clift, Williamnd
PT/73/8/18Painting, Sumatra dugong, by William Clift1820
PT/73/9/2Painting, fossil rhinoceros horn, by William Clift1821
CMP/1/1Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society1 December 1832
PT/73/1/9Painting, "Water-rat [stomach]", by William Clift 1807
PT/73/1/4Painting, "*Internal view...hare", by William Clift 1807
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