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Authorised form of nameHirst; William (- ? 1769); astronomer
SurnameHirst
ForenamesWilliam
Dates - ? 1769
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesDeath:
His ship was lost at sea after leaving the Cape of Good Hope (December 1769)
ActivityProfession:
Clergyman, Church of England
Research Field:
Astronomy
Education:
School at Hertford; Peterhouse, Cambridge; BA (1751), MA (1754)
Career:
Navy chaplain; Present at the sieges of Pondicherry and Vellore; Sailed to Lisbon after the earthquake (1755); Observed the transit of Venus at Government House, Madras (1761); Chaplain to the factory at Calcutte (1762-1764); Assistant to Nevile Maskelyne at Greenwich for transit of Venus (1769); Chaplain to the Commission of theHEIC to Bengal (1769); he was on board a frigate which left the Cape of Good Hope on 27 Dec 1769 and was never heard of again
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
20/02/1755
RelationshipsSon of William Hirst DD, Master of Hertford Grammar School and Vicar of Bengeo and Rector of Sacomb
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Venn
Royal Society codeNA7700
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1754/23Hirst, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/2/562Paper, 'Of a new perspective instrument' by William Hirst18 January 1755
L&P/4/84Paper, 'On the glass mug melted by the discharge of a bomb at Fort St George, Feb 25 1761; and on a stick insect' from William Hirst to Samuel Mead25 February 1761
L&P/2/562/1Letter, 'Of a new perspective instrument' from William Hirst to Samuel Mead18 January 1755
L&P/5/120/3Plate, unnamed [Observations of the transit of Venus 1769] by William Hirst1769
L&P/4/84/1Letter, 'On the glass mug melted by the discharge of a bomb at Fort St George, Feb 25 1761; and on a stick insect' from William Hirst to Samuel Mead25 February 1761
L&P/2/509Letter, 'Account of a fireball' from William Hirst to Samuel Mead 6 April 1754
L&P/4/83Letter, 'Of a glass mug melted by the discharge of a bomb at Fort St George, Feb 25 1761' from Ralph Taylor to William Hirst25 February 1761
L&P/5/120/2Plate, unnamed [Observations of the transit of Venus 1769] by William Hirst1769
L&P/3/390Paper, 'Of the comet May 1759 as seen at Madeira' by William Hirst7 May 1759
L&P/5/120/4Plate, unnamed [Observations of the transit of Venus 1769] by William Hirst1769
L&P/4/170Letter, 'Of an earthquake in the East Indies and two eclipses observed at Calcutta' from William Hirst to Thomas Birch3 November 1762
L&P/5/120Paper, 'Of the transit of Venus' by William Hirst15 June 1769
L&P/5/120/1Letter, 'Of the transit of Venus as observed at Norton, near Leicester' from William Hirst to Nevil Maskelyne15 June 1769
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