Authorised form of nameKnight; Gowin (1713 - 1772)
Dates1713 - 1772
Date of birth10 September 1713
Place of deathThe British Museum, Montague House, Bloomsbury, London
Date of death08 June 1772
Dates and placesBaptism:
Corringham, Lincolnshire (10 September 1713)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election25/04/1745
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1747
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Brian P Dolan, 'How Opposite Forces Attract', review of Patricia Fara, Sympathetic Attractions: Magnetic Practices, Beliefs, and Symbolism in Eighteenth-Century England in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 366-369
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
A E Gunther, 'The Royal Society and the Foundation of the British Museum, 1753-1781' in NR 1978-9 vol 33 pp 207-216
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
His burial is recorded in the registers of St George's, Bloomsbury, but according to DNB it is probable that he was interred in the parochial cemetery near the Foundling Hospital.
Royal Society codeNA7986
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1745/01Knight, Gowin: certificate of election to the Royal Society25 April 1745
IM/002560Knight, Gowin1751
NLB/5/695Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to R B Prosser, 75 Dartmouth Park Road, Highgate, N.W.18 September 1891
NLB/54/681Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [Charles] Chree, FRS30 July 1917
MS/391/59Bond of Gowin Knight to the Treasurer of the Royal Society2 May 1745
L&P/1/381Letter,'Concerning the poles of magnets being variously placed' from Gowin Knight to Martin Folkes3 April 1745
L&P/3/400Paper, 'Remarks on the preceding letter [L&P/3/399]' by Gowin Knight1759
L&P/3/399Letter, 'Extraordinary effects of lightning' from William Mountaine to Gowin Knight28 September 1759
L&P/7/70Letter, 'An account of Dr Gowin Knight's method of making artifical loadstones' from Benjamin Wilson to Joseph Banks1 December 1778
L&P/1/319Paper, 'Some magnetical experiments showed on 15 November 1744' by Gowin Knight1744
L&P/2/37Paper, 'Of the earthquake of Feb 8' by Gowin Knight 1749
L&P/2/162Paper, 'A mariner's compass contrived by the author' by Gowin Knight1750
MM/5/39Memorial from the Royal Society to King George III concerning the Transit of Venus of 1769c.1768
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