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Authorised form of nameWoulfe; Peter (c 1727 - 1803)
SurnameWoulfe
ForenamesPeter
Datesc 1727 - 1803
Dates and placesBirth Place:
Tiermaclane, outside Ennie, County Clare, Ireland
Death Place:
London
ActivityResearch Field:
Chemistry
Career:
Investigated Cornish tin deposits; was the first to show that the mineral dolomite was not just a mixture of magnesium and clacium carbonates, but a double salt (1779); friend of Joseph Priestley; invented Woulfe's Bottle - a two-necked flask; investigated preparation of mosaic gold (tin sulphide); appointed to a comission along with Richard Kirwan, FRS and Bryan Higgins to examine the claims of Dr Price of Guidford who presented George III with samples of 'gold' that he claimed to have obtained by 'transmutation'
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
5/02/1767
Medals/Prizes:
Copley Medal 1768
Lectures:
Bakerian 1775, 1776, 1777
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Irish Innovators
References:
Douglas McKie, 'Priestley's Laboratory and Library and Other of his Effects' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 114-136
Royal Society codeNA758
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1766/20Woulfe, Peter: certificate of election to the Royal Society
CB/1/6/219Letter from Peter Woulfe, Paris to Charles Blagden, Gower Street, Bedford Square, London26 January 1785
CB/1/6/218Letter from Peter Woulfe to Charles Blagden, Gower Street, Bedford Square, London19 November 1784
CB/1/6/221Letter from Peter Woulfe, Gray's Inn to Charles Blagden, at Mr Ramsden's , Mathematical Instrument Maker, Piccadilly[late 18th century]
CB/1/6/220Letter from Peter Woulfe, Paris to Charles Blagden, 30 Devonshire Street, Queen's Square, London[late 18th century]
MS/859/1Letters, bills and chemical notes by Peter Woulfe1797-1798
NLB/61/721Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Gordon P. G. Hills Esquire; Fircroft, Cookham Dean, Berks17 October 1921
NLB/61/707Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Gordon P. G. Hills Esquire; Fircroft, Cookham Dean, Berks14 October 1921
L&P/5/218Paper, 'The nature of aurum mossaicum' by Peter Woulfe1771
L&P/6/83Paper, 'Of a new colouring substance from the island of Amsterdam in the South Seas' by Peter Woulfe1775
L&P/6/188Paper, 'Experiments made to ascertain the nature of some mineral bodies' by Peter Woulfe1776
L&P/8/57Paper, 'A new method of making nitrous ether' by Peter Woulfe1784
L&P/7/66Paper, 'Experiments on some crystal substances' by Peter Woulfe1778
L&P/8/57/2Plate, 'Apparatus for experiment' by Peter Woulfe1784
L&P/8/93aLetter, 'Of sassafras' from Thomas Willis to Peter Woulfe23 April 1784
L&P/8/93Letter, 'Experiments on mixing gold with tin' from Stanesby Alchorne to Peter Woulfe25 March 1784
L&P/8/57/1Paper, 'A new method of making nitrous ether' by Peter Woulfe1784
CB/1/6/217Letter from Peter Woulfe, Paris to Charles Blagden, King's Road, Gray's Inn, London15 July 1784
L&P/6/187Letter, 'Introduction to paper, 'Experiments made to ascertain the nature of some mineral bodies'' from Peter Woulfe to unknown recipient25 April 1776
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