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Authorised form of nameMolyneux; Samuel (1689 - 1728)
SurnameMolyneux
ForenamesSamuel
Dates1689 - 1728
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Chester, Cheshire, England (16 or 18 July 1689)
Death:
Kew, Surrey (13 April 1728)
ActivityResearch Field:
Astronomy, optics
Education:
Trinity College, Dublin. BA (1708), MA (1710), LLD (1717)
Career:
Travelled in England, to Antwerp (1712-1713), and then on a diplomatic mission to Hanover (1714); accompanied the royal family to England; Secretary to the Prince of Wales (1714-1727); MP for Bossiney (1715-1722); MP for St Mawes (1726-1727); MP for Exeter (1727-death); MP for the University of Dublin in the Irish Parliament (1727); Privy Councillor; assisted James Bradley (FRS 1718) in making Newtonian telescopes, one of which he presented to John V of Portugal; had a private observatory at his house at Kew; one of the Lords of the Admiralty (1727-death); had a fit in the House of Commons and died a few days later; his wife's second husband, a Swiss surgeon, won an action for defamation on a charge of having killed Molyneux by administering opium in his last illness
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
1/12/1712
Proposers:
Sir Isaac Newton
Council:
Council (1716, 1718, 1721, 1723, 1725, 1727)
RelationshipsSon of William Molyneux (FRS 1686) and his wife, Lucy, daughter of Sir William Domville, Attorney-General for Ireland; nephew of Sir Thomas Molyneux (FRS 1686); kinsman of John Perceval, 1st Earl of Egmont (FRS 1702); married Elizabeth, daughter of Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex; no children
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Thomas; Burtchaell
References:
K Theodore Hoppen, 'The Royal Society and Ireland. II' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 78-99
Royal Society codeNA7967
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBO/12/6'Sectio oculorum duorum Cataracta affectorum' from a letter to Richard Waller by Samuel Molyneux 1724
MS/390/151Bond of Samuel Molyneux to the Treasurer of the Royal Society1 December 1712
CLP/4i/55Paper, account of thunder and lightning in Co Down by Samuel Molyneux1707
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