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Authorised form of nameGrove; Sir; William Robert (1811 - 1896)
Dates1811 - 1896
NationalityBritish
Place of birthSwansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Date of birth11 July 1811
Place of deathHis residence, 115 Harley Street, London
Date of death01 or 02 August 1896
OccupationBarrister
Research fieldElectrochemistry; physics
ActivityEducation:
MA (Oxford)
Career:
Inventor of the fuel cell
Honours:
Kt 1872
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election26/11/1840
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
VP 1848-1849; 1856-1858; 1861-1862; 1878-1879
Medals and prizes:
Royal Medal 1847
Lectures:
Bakerian 1847
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
H G L, 'A Fragment of History' in NR 1938 vol 1 pp 28-31
Vanity Fair 08 October 1887
Notes:
DNB, DSB and Boase give death date as 01 August 1896, but Royal Society sources (TR and YB) give 02 August 1896.
Woking has a statue of Grove (the only one in Britain).
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/37697176
Royal Society codeNA7589
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/8Volume 8 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1867-1869
NLB/13/370Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Messrs Harrison & Sons5 July [August] 1896
MC/4Volume 4 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1844-1850
AP/25/8On some Electro-nitrogurats1841
AP/32/11On the direct production of Heat by Magnetism23 May 1849
IM/Maull/001806Grove, Sir William Robertnd
MDA/A/4/185Letter from Juliet Grove-Hills, Grayswood Copse, Haslemere, Surrey, to Sir Henry Dale30 November [1942]
P/0147Deputation to Michael Faradayc1857
IM/Maull/001805Grove, Sir William Robertnd
NLB/10/1031Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr William Sharp, Fellow of the Royal Society, Horton House, Rugby27 March 1895
RR/2/83Referee's report by Michael Faraday, on a paper 'On the electro-chemical polarity of gases' by William Robert Grove10 April 1852
RR/3/103Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'Experimental researches in electricity - thirtieth series' by Michael Faraday11 December 1856
RR/3/199Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'Electro-physiological researches. Physical and chemical phenomena of muscular contraction.— Tenth series. Part I' by Carlo Matteucci3 November 1856
RR/2/251Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'On the vibrations and tones produced by the contact of bodies having different temperatures' by John Tyndall15 February 1854
RR/4/178Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'On the specific gravity of alloys' by Augustus Matthiessen5 May 1860
RR/4/171Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'Electro-physiological researches - Eleventh series. On the secondary electromotor power of nerves, and its application to the explanation of certain electrophysiological phenomena' by Carlo Matteucci26 June 1860
RR/4/177Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'On the electric conducting power of alloys' by Augutsus Matthiessen12 April 1860
RR/1/109Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on an unnamed paper by Robert Hunt[c. 1840]
MS/928/2/80Letter from William Robert Grove, 115 Harley Street, to Charles Vernon Boys 26 June 1894
RR/1bis/24Referee's report by Michael Faraday, on a paper 'Experiments on the gas voltaic battery, with a view of ascertaining the rationale of its action, and on its application to eudiometry' by William Robert Grove29 May 1843
RR/4/107Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'On the stratifications in electrical discharges, as observed in torricellian and other vacua - second communication' by John Peter Gassiot14 April 1859
RR/4/105Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'On the stratifications in electrical discharges, as observed in torricellian and other vacua - second communication' by John Peter Gassiot7 February 1859
PT/43/7Paper, 'On the electro chemical polarity of gases' by W R [William Robert] Grove27 December 1851
PT/27/8Paper, 'On the gas voltaic battery - Experiments made with a view of ascertaining the rationale of its action and its application to eudiometry' by William Robert Grove[1843]
PT/39/3Paper, 'Electro-physiological researches on induced contraction. 9th series' by Mr Ch [Carlo] Matteucci1 April 1850
PT/32/2Paper, 'Supplementary paper on certain phenomena of voltaic ignition and on the decomposition of water into its constituent gases by heat' by W R [William Robert] Grove10 November 1846
PT/32/1/2Plate, figures 1-10 showing eudiometer apparatuses by William Robert Grove21 August 1846
MS/426/494Note of a letter from [the Secretaries of] the Royal Society; to the Earl of Aberdeen [George Hamilton-Gordon][30 November 1853]
PT/29/13Paper, 'On the gas voltaic battery. Voltaic action of phosphorus, sulphur and hydrocarbons' by W R [William Robert] Grove30 May 1845
PT/35/3/2Plate, figure 1 showing apparatus for testing ignition of wire in atmospheres of various gases by William Robert Grove[1848]
MS/426/252Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Lord Northampton [Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton] President of the Royal Society29 January1847
EC/1840/32Grove, Sir William Robert: certificate of election to the Royal Society
RR/2/74Referee's report by William Robert Grove, on a paper 'Researches into the identity of the existences or forces, light, heat, electricity and magnetism' by John GoodmanOctober 1851
MS/426/530Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to James Wilson Esq28 October 1854
IM/001804Grove, Sir William Robertnd
P/0056Portrait of Grove, Sir William Robert1872
IM/001357Deputation to Michael Faradaynd
IM/001807Grove, Sir William Robertnd
RR/1/82Referee's report by Thomas Graham, on a paper 'On some electro-nitrogurets' by William Robert Grove7 March 1841
PT/32/1/3Plate, figures 1-5 showing arrangement of eudiometer and gas battery by William Robert Grove21 August 1846
PT/32/1/4Plate, perspective view of gas battery by William Robert Grove21 August 1846
PT/32/1Paper, 'On certain phenomena of voltaic ignition and the decomposition of water into its constituent gases by heat' by W R [William Robert] Grove21 August 1846
PT/35/3/3Plate, figure 2 showing bent tube of hydrogen and platinum wire by William Robert Grove[1848]
PT/35/3/4Plate, figure 3 showing iron cylinders in hydrogen tubes by William Robert Grove[1848]
PT/37/13Paper, 'Electro-physiological researches' by C [Carlo] MatteucciJune 1849
PT/35/3Paper, 'On the effect of surrounding media on voltaic ignition' by W R [William Robert] Grove[1848]
MC/4/127Letter from Edward William Brayley, London Institution, Finsbury Circus, to [William Robert] Grove 18 February 1846
PT/32/1/1Manuscript, 'On certain phenomena of voltaic ignition and the decomposition of water into its constituent gases by heat' by W R [William Robert] Grove21 August 1846
MC/8/81Letter from Geo [George] Grant Francis, Cae Bailey, Swansea, to W R [William Robert] Grove 12 September 1867
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