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Authorised form of nameMichell; John (1724 - 1793)
SurnameMichell
ForenamesJohn
Dates1724 - 1793
Dates and placesBirth:
The Rectory, Eakring, Nottinghamshire (25 December 1724)
Death:
Thornhill, Yorkshire (21 April 1793)
ActivityProfession:
Clergyman, Church of England
Research Field:
Astronomy
Education:
Queen's College, Cambridge. BA (4th Wrangler, 1748); Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge (1749); MA (1752); BD (1761)
Career:
Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge (1749-1764); Lecturer in Hebrew, Arithmetic, Geometry and Greek; Rector of St Botolph's, Colchester, Essex (1760-1763); Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge (1762-1764); Rector of Thornhill, Yorkshire (1767); wrote on artifical magnets, earthquakes, longitude, and fixed stars; invented apparatus for weighing the earth with a torsion balance; made at least one telescope, a large reflector, about 1780, which was purchased by William Herschel; taught Sir William Herschel speculum-grinding.
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
12/06/1760
Published worksFirst paper published by Royal Society in 1767, relating to distances of stars based upon their parallaxes, and with the true nature of double stars.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn
References:
Desmond King-Hele, 'The 1997 Wilkins Lecture: Erasmus Darwin, the Lunaticks and Evolution' in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 153-180
John H Appleby, 'Daniel Dumaresq, DD, FRS (1712-1805) as a Promoter of Anglo-Russian Science and Culture' in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 25-50
Mari Williams, 'James Bradley and the Eighteenth Century "Gap" in Attempts to Measure Annual Stellar Parallax' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 83-100
Sir Bernard Lovell, 'Herschel's Work on the Structure of the Universe' in NR 1978-9 vol 33 pp 57-75
Orchiston, Wayne, Whittingham, Ian, Montgomery, Colin 'Michell, Laplace and the origin of the Black Hole concept' in Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 12(2), 90-96 (2009)
Notes:
Described as 'of Nottinghamshire' when admitted to Queens' College, Cambridge, on 17 Jun 1742 (DNB).
Royal Society codeNA7798
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003084Michell, John2001
L&P/4/325Paper, 'Proposals of a method for measuring degrees on longitude upon parallels of the equator' by John Michell1766
L&P/3/426/1Letter, 'Conjectures concerning the cause, and observations concerning the phenomena of earthquakes, particularly that of Nov 1 1755' from John Michell to the Royal Society1759
L&P/3/406Letter, 'Of the recent comet' from John Michel to Thomas Birch10 January 1760
L&P/3/426Paper, 'Conjectures concerning the cause, and observations concerning the phenomena of earthquakes, particularly that of Nov 1 1755' by John Michell1759
L&P/4/391Paper, 'The parallax and magnitude of fixed stars calculated from the quantity of their light' by John Michell1767
L&P/8/48/2Plate, 'Geometric figure' by John Michell1783
L&P/8/48/1Letter, 'On a means of discovering the distance of the fixed stars in consequence of a diminution in the velocity of their light' from John Michell to Henry Cavendish26 May 1783
L&P/8/48Paper, 'On a means of discovering the distance of the fixed stars in consequence of a diminution in the velocity of their light' by John Michell 26 May 1783
EC/1760/06Michell, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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