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Authorised form of namePepys; William Hasledine (1775 - 1856); scientist and surgical instrument maker
SurnamePepys
ForenamesWilliam Hasledine
Dates1775 - 1856
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
London, England, United Kingdom, Europe (23 March 1775)
Death:
Earl's Terrace, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe (17 August 1856)
Burial:
Terrace Catacombs, Highgate Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe
ActivityProfession:
Scientific and surgical instrument maker
Career:
Apprenticeship under his father (1789-1796); liveryman with Worshipful Company of Cutlers (1796); succeeded to and extended his father's business to include scientific instruments (1805); developed various apparatus including a soda-water apparatus (1798), a eudiometer (1807), a voltaic coil (1817), and a mercury gasometer; twice master in the Cutlers' Company (1820s); benefactor to the Cutlers' charities; designed and equipped the London Institution's laboratory at Finsbury Circus (1819); fulfilled a variety of roles within the Royal Instititution (1800-1846)
Memberships:
FGS (active in the British Mineralogical Society (1799) and the Askesian Society, merged to form Geological Society); Treasurer and Vice-President
Society of Arts (1801); served on Chemistry Committee (1850-)
Pitt Club (1822)
Royal Asiatic Society (1823)
Athenaneum member
Royal Institution (Original Member)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
28/01/1808
Proposers:
Charles Hatchett, William Babington,George Bellas Greenough, John Abernethy, Lewis Weston Dillwyn, Edward Howard, Thomas Blizard, William Blizard, Thomas Young, William Allen, John Hunter, A.G. Eckhard
Council:
Sworn in on 1 December 1832
Committee appointments include: Metereological Committee (22 December 1831), Committee for Report on Hydrometer (1 December 1832), Catalogue Committee (5 December 1833), Excise Committee (1 December 1832), Committee of Chemistry (31 May 1838)
RelationshipsParents: William Hasledine Pepys (1748-1805) and Letitia Weedon
Descended from: Sir Richard Pepys (1588-1659), Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
Married: Lydia Walton (d.1851)
Children: five daughters, two sons (William Hasledine Pepys (1817-1880) and Robert Edmond Pepys (1819-1883))
Published works'A new eudiometer, accompanied with experiments, elucidating its application' [Phil Trans, 1807, Vol. 97; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1807.0013]
'On the quantity of carbon in carbonic acid, and on the nature of the diamond' with William Allen FRS [Phil Trans, 1807, Vol. 97; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1807.0015]
'On the changes produced in atmospheric air, and oxygen gas, respiration' with William Allen FRS [Phil Trans, 1808, Vol. 98; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1808.0018]
'On respiration' with William Allen FRS [Phil Trans, 1809, Vol. 99; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1809.0027]
'An account of an apparatus on a peculiar constrction for performing electro-magnetic experiments' [Phil Trans, 1823, Vol. 113; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1823.0018]
'On the respiration of birds' with William Allen FRS [Phil Trans, 1829, Vol. 119; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1829.0025]
'On the respiration of the leaves of plants' [Phil Trans, 1843, Vol. 133; DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1843.0015]
General contextPepys was one of the founding members of the Askesian Society in 1796 and also frequently corresponded and collaborated with Quaker scientists such as William Allen and Luke Howard. His inventions and apparatus contributed to progress in a variety of fields, e.g. chemistry, botany, and medicine.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; ODNB
'The Quarterly Journal of Science and the Arts' (London), Vol. 1, pp.193-194
References:
David Gooding, '"He Who Proves, Discovers": John Herschel, William Pepys and the Faraday Effect' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 229-244
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/40162552
Royal Society codeNA7547
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1807/17Pepys, William Hasledine: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/13/89Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 13 January 1835
CB/1/1/227Letter from Claude Louis Berthollet to Charles Blagden31 August 1808
IM/003510Pepys, William Hasledinend
MS/155Notes and reprints of papers by William Hasledine Pepys19th century
RR/1/68Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'On the nature and origin of the Aurora Borealis' by George Fisher[1830]
RR/1/80Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'Researches on the arseriates, phosphates, and modifications of phosphoric acid' by Thomas Graham[1833]
RR/1/90Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'Observations on heat lightening' by Hancock 14 March 1833
RR/1/176Referee's report by Thomas Graham, on a paper 'On the respiration of the leaves of plants' by William Hasledine Pepys10 October 1843
RR/1/44Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'Further observations on voltaic combinations' by John Frederic Daniell1 June 1837
RR/1/137Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'On certain properties of vapour' by Dionysius Lardner[c.1832]
RR/1/79Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'Inquiries respecting the constitution of salts. Of oxalates, nitrates, phosphates, sulphates and chlorides' by Thomas Graham[1837]
RR/1/54Referee's report by James Cumming and William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'Some experiments and observations on the combinations of carbonic acid and ammonia' by John Davy[1830]
RR/1/175Referee's report by Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny, on a paper 'On the respiration of the leaves of plants' by William Hasledine Pepys22 September 1843
RR/1bis/37Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'An experimental inquiry into the influence nitrogen on the growth of plants' by Robert Rigg13 July 1838
RR/1/206Referee's report by Samuel Hunter Christie and William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'On the law which connects the various magneto-electric phenomena, lastly discovered by Dr Faraday' by William Ritchie31 January 1838
RR/1/48Referee's report by William Hasledine Pepys, on a paper 'On the quantity and quality of the gases disengaged from the thermal spring which supplies the King's Bath in the City of Bath' by Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny[1834]
CMP/1/2Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society13 December 1832
MM/13/84Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee11 December 1832
MM/13/85Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 20 December 1832
MM/13/90Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 13 January 1835
MM/13/91Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 20 February 1836
CMP/1/1Minutes of a meeting of Council of the Royal Society1 December 1832
MM/13/87Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 22 January 1833
MM/13/86Minutes of meeting of the Excise Committee 15 January 1833
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