Authorised form of nameCavendish; Lord; Charles (c 1704 - 1783)
Datesc 1704 - 1783
Date of birthc. 1704
Date of death28 April 1783
Research fieldMechanics
Eton College
MP for Heytesbury (1725-1727); MP for Westminster (1727-1734); MP for Derbyshire (1734-1741); Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales (1728-1730); devised a self-registering thermometer which was used to measure the temperature of sea water at depth
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election08/06/1727
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
VP 1751-1752, 1755, 1757 and 1760-1762
Medals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1757
RelationshipsSon of William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire; married Anne, daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent; grandson of William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire (FRS 1663); nephew of Lord James Cavendish (FRS 1719); father of Henry Cavendish (FRS 1760)
Bulloch's Roll; Sedgwick; Taylor Hanoverian
J S Rowlinson, 'Aristocratic Physics', review of Christa Jungnickel and Russell McCormmach, Cavendish in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 194-196
P Fontes da Costa, 'The Culture of Curiosity at The Royal Society in the first half of the eighteenth century', NR 2002 vo l56 pp 147-166
Pogg gives date of birth as 1703. JB states VP Oct 1751, Jan 1752, Dec 1755 and Jun 1757. May have been VP for other years, not noted on PL. Sedgwick gives date of birth as after 1700. Proposed by William Jones
Royal Society codeNA7804
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AB/1/2/1/26Bill for John Dollond19 December 1760
AB/1/2/1/28Order of Council That Peter Davall Esq, VP pay into the hands of the Treasurer, the Balance now remaining in his hands of the money received by Him at the Exchequer in consequence of his late Majesty's warrant21 January 1761
L&P/3/262/1Letter, 'Of thermometers for particular uses' from Charles Cavendish to the Royal Society1757
L&P/3/262Paper, 'Of thermometers for particular uses' by Charles Cavendish1757
MM/4/17Letter from Martin Folkes, President, Royal Society, on the appointment of Vice-Presidents1751
MM/5/39Memorial from the Royal Society to King George III concerning the Transit of Venus of 1769c.1768
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