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Authorised form of nameMiller; Philip (1691 - 1771)
Dates1691 - 1771
NationalityBritish
Place of birthBromley, Deptford or Greenwich, Kent, England
Date of birth1691
Place of deathNear Chelsea churchyard, London
Date of death18 December 1771
Dates and placesBurial:
North side of Chelsea churchyard, London
OccupationAuthor; Gardener
Research fieldBotany; horticulture
ActivityCareer:
Assistant to his father; set up in business as a florist at St George's Fields; Foreman of Chelsea Physic Garden (1722-1770); corresponded with Carl Linnaeus (FRS 1753) and many other foreign botanists; visited Holland (1723, 1730); left a large herbarium which was purchased by Sir Joseph Banks and is now in the Natural History Museum
Memberships:
Botanical Academy of Florence
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election22/01/1730
RelationshipsSon of a market gardener near Deptford; married Mary Kennet of Southwark; his wife's sister Susannah married George Dionysius Ehret (FRS 1757)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
W H G Armytage, 'The Royal Society and the Apothecaries' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 22-37
W H G Armytage, 'Charles Watson-Wentworth, Second Marquess of Rockingham, FRS (1730-1782): Some Aspects of his Scientific Interests' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 64-76
T E Allibone, 'The Diaries of John Byrom, MA, FRS, and their Relation to the Pre-history of the Royal Society Club' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 162-183
T E Allibone, 'Edmond Halley and the Clubs of the Royal Society' in NR 1973-4 vol 28 pp 195-205
Ruth Stungo, 'The Royal Society Specimens from the Chelsea Physic Garden 1722-1799' in NR 1993 vol 47 pp 213-224
Ruth Stungo, 'Recording the Aloes at Chelsea - a Singular Solution to a Difficult Problem' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 47-57
L B Glyn, 'Israel Lyons: a short but starry career. The life of an eighteenth-century Jewish botanist and astronomer' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 275-305
Obituary, Gentleman's Magazine (1771), p571
Notes:
Proposed by Stephen Hales; William Rutty; Peter Collinson
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/36936358
Royal Society codeNA7949
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/14/115'An account of Worms blown out of the Nose of a Lad in a letter from Mr George Clifford to Mr Philip Miller'1730
RBO/15/87An account of two ancient sepulchres in a letter to Philip Miller from T S 1731
EL/I2/10John James, dated at Boston, to Philip Miller7 July 1730
IM/004732Miller, PhilipOctober 2004
RBO/13/25Account of the vegetation of the coconut by Philip Miller to Dr Douglas1727
RBO/16/30'An account of a book [by Philip Miller] entitled: 'The Gardener's Kalender, directing what works are necessary to be done every month...' by John Martyn1731
RBO/15/55Account by John Martyn of Philip Miller's book entitled 'Catalogus plantarum officinalium quae in horto Botanico Chelseyano aluntur' 1730
EL/T/92J Traill, dated at Guanaboa, to Philip Miller1 July 1737
EL/M2/71Philip Miller to D Douglas20 February 1728
RBO/15/88Account by John Martyn of Philip Miller's 'The Gardener's Dictionary' 1731
EL/K/8James Justice, dated at Crighton, to Philip Miller3 March 1730
RBO/14/116'An account of Several Experiments concerning the circulation of the Sap in Plants etc' in a letter to Philip Miller by James Justice1730
EL/S2/45William Stephens, dated at Dublin, to Philip Miller28 October 1730
RBO/17/9'Some Remarks occasion'd by Doctor Madden's Account of the noxious quality of the distill'd Water of the Lauro cerasus' communicated in a letter to Philip Miller by Charles Alston1731
CLP/12ii/71Paper, 'Experiments to concerning the effects of the perforation of the thorax upon respiration, made at Leyden in 1728 and 1729' by William Houstoun [1720s]
CLP/10ii/16Paper, 'An account of some experiments made by Monsr [Martin] Triewald, Director of Mechanicks at Stockholm and FRSS of England and Sweden relating to the flowering of tulips, narcissus's [sic] etc. in winter, by placing their bulbs upon glasses of water' by Philip Miller4 February 1730
CLP/22ii/46Paper, Account of Philip Miller's 'Catalogus Plantarum officinalium quae in Horto Botanico Chelseyano... [Catalogue of plants in the Chelsea Botanical Garden workshop]' by John Martin [Martyn]18th century
L&P/3/19Paper, 'Of the dyeing and fixing properties of species of toxicodendron' by Philip Miller18 March 1755
L&P/2/428Letter, 'Of Baulinia seeds' from Philip Miller to Peter Davall3 March 1753
L&P/2/447Paper, 'Of a mistake made by Gmelin about a Sphondylium' by Philip Miller2 May 1753
L&P/3/232Letter, 'A storm in Wigton' from Thomas Tomlinson to Philip Miller15 November 1756
L&P/3/271Letter, 'Of toxicodendron; in reference to the letter from Ellis to P C Webb criticised in his former paper' from Philip Miller to George Parker13 December 1757
CLP/22ii/48Paper, Account of a book entitled 'The Gardener's Dictionary' by Philip Miller[1731]
RBO/15/18Concerning the root 'Makinboy' from Ireland in a letter from William Stephens to Philip Miller1730
IM/003096Miller, Philip2000
IM/004731Miller, PhilipOctober 2004
CLP/10iii/44Paper, answers to queries about different types of wine in Italy in a letter to Philip Miller by unknown authorJanuary 1728
RBO/14/34'An answer to some Queries in relation to the making of Wines in a Letter to Mr Philip Miller'1728
CLP/10ii/23Paper, 'An account of the Peruvian or Jesuits bark' by John Gray[1736]
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