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Authorised form of namePreece; Sir; William Henry (1834 - 1913)
SurnamePreece
ForenamesWilliam Henry
Dates1834 - 1913
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Bryn Helen, Caernarfonshire, Wales (15 February 1834)
Death:
Penrhos, Caernarfonshire (06 November 1913)
ActivityProfession:
Civil engineer
Education:
King's College, London; Royal Institution
Career:
Apprenticed to the Electric and International Telegraph Company (1853); Engineer, Channel Islands Telegraph Company (1858-1862); Electrician (1870), Electrician in Chief (1877), then Engineer in Chief (1892-1899), General Post Office; a pioneer of wireless telegraphy
Honours:
CB 1894; KCB 1899
Memberships:
AICE (1859); MICE (1872); Society of Telegraph Engineers; Physical Society; FRMS; FSA
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
2/06/1881
RelationshipsEldest son of Richard Matthias Preece, stockbroker of Bryn, and his wife Jane, daughter of John Hughes, shipbuilder of Caernarvon; married (1864) Anne Agnes, daughter of George Pocock, Solicitor of Southampton
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
References:
Sir Bernard Lovell, 'The Invention of Radio Communication', review of Peter Rowlands and J Patrick Wilson, eds, Oliver Lodge and the Invention of Radio in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 151-153
Notes:
List of papers no longer attached to election certificate.
Royal Society codeNA8011
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1881/17Preece, Sir William Henry: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MS/743/1/103Letter from William Henry Preece, Post Office, London, to [John Hall Gladstone]12 October 1882
AP/66/15Experiments on the Resistance of Electrolytic cells1889
AP/74/7The Oxidation of Carbon at Ordinary Temperature by Means of Atmospheric Oxygen with the Production of Electrical Energy1899
IM/Maull/003649Preece, Sir William Henrynd
IM/000091Preece, Sir William Henry1889
NLB/2/77Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh6 January 1888
NLB/2/242Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society9 March 1888
NLB/2/184Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society15 February 1888
NLB/2/624Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society28 September 1888
NLB/4/448Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr William Henry Preece4 June 1890
NLB/3/209Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society10 April 1889
NLB/4/618Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society23 July 1890
NLB/4/627Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society25 July 1890
NLB/4/777Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society25 October 1890
NLB/7/930Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society28 May 1893
NLB/6/412Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr William Henry Preece6 May 1892
NLB/6/594Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr William Henry Preece8 June 1892
NLB/6/463Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to L Pyke, 34 New Tothill Street, Westminster17 May 1892
NLB/6/430Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society10 May 1892
NLB/3/991Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Messrs Gordon & Hollands, Hotel Metropole3 December 1889
NLB/3/1016Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr William Henry Preece12 December 1889
NLB/5/440Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society11 June 1891
NLB/5/522Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society7 July 1891
NLB/7/713Copy letter from Theodore E James, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society13 April 1893
NLB/7/830Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society5 May 1893
NLB/10/469Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Willilam Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society28 November 1894
NLB/9/130Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society4 April 1894
NLB/11/107Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor William Chandler Roberts-Austen, Fellow of the Royal Society22 April 1895
NLB/11/116Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society24 April 1895
NLB/13/203Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society1 July 1896
NLB/9/704Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society, Engineer's Department, General Post Office, E.C.2 July 1894
NLB/19/125Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons27 June 1899
NLB/13/86Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society, Telegraph Department, General Post Office, E.C.8 June 1896
NLB/14/579Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society1 April 1897
NLB/12/768Copy letter from Theodore E James, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society29 April 1896
NLB/14/91Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society4 January 1897
NLB/14/790Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to J Hookey, Telegraph Department, Post Office17 May 1897
NLB/14/781Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society14 May 1897
NLB/14/890Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society1 June 1897
NLB/20/62Copy letter from Michael Foster, to Professor William Henry Preece25 June 1900
NLB/16/520Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to W H Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society26 April 1898
NLB/16/657Copy letter from Theodore E James, to W H Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society18 May 1898
NLB/17/44Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society7 July 1898
NLB/16/721Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to W H Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society, Telegraph Department, General Post Office25 May 1898
NLB/16/720Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to R Stewart Bain, Manager, London Electric Supply Corporation, 25a Cockspur Street, S.W.25 May 1898
NLB/17/132Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society23 July 1898
NLB/16/764Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Francis Fox, Alyn Bank, Wimbledon, S.W.2 June 1898
NLB/19/139Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to William Henry Preece, [Fellow of the Royal Society]28 June 1899
NLB/18/304Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to W H Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society20 February 1899
NLB/19/82Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society15 June 1899
NLB/17/631Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society28 November 1898
NLB/20/41Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society20 January 1900
NLB/18/703Copy letter from Arthur William Rucker, to [Professor G C] Foster26 April 1899
NLB/22/309Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William [Henry] Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society, Gothic Lodge, Wimbledon19 April 1901
NLB/22/542Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William [Henry] Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society31 May 1901
NLB/26/547Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to, Sir William Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society8 April 1903
NLB/26/262Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to, Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society19 February 1903
NLB/27/63Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society25 June 1903
NLB/27/5Copy letter from Joseph Larmor, to Sir William Preece, [Fellow of the Royal Society]15 June 1903
NLB/26/485Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to, Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society30 March 1903
NLB/29/748Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society, 8 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, S.W.5 December 1904
NLB/33/280Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society, Gothic Lodge, Wimbledon27 July 1906
NLB/34/417Copy letter from Joseph Larmor, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society17 January 1907
NLB/36/391Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society24 October 1907
NLB/37/826Copy Letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Professor F [Francis] W [Wall] Oliver, Fellow of the Royal Society20 May 1908
NLB/37/829Copy Letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Sir William Preece, KCB, Fellow of the Royal Society20 May 1908
NLB/37/844Copy Letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Sir William H [Henry] Preece, KCB, FRS22 May 1908
NLB/41/120Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Sir William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal SocietyOctober 1909
RR/9/178Third referee's report by Augustus George Vernon Harcourt, on a paper 'On a new standard of illumination and the measurement of light' by William Henry Preece18 July 1883
RR/14/16Letter from Willard E Case, to William Henry Preece, regarding a paper 'On the oxidation of carbon at ordinary temperatures' by Willard E Case9 June 1898
RR/9/179Referee's report by William de Wiveleslie Abney, on a paper 'On a new standard of illumination and the measurement of light' by William Henry Preece21 July 1883
RR/10/371Referee's report by Joseph John Thomson, on a paper 'On the heating effects of electric currents' by William Henry Preece1 July 1890
RR/10/250Referee's report by William Henry Preece, on a paper 'On the effect of temperature on the specific inductive capacity of a dielectric' by W Cassie10 July 1889
RR/9/176Referee's report by Augustus George Vernon Harcourt, on a paper 'On a new standard of illumination and the measurement of light' by William Henry Preece9 July 1883
RR/9/177Second referee's report by Augustus George Vernon Harcourt, on a paper 'On a new standard of illumination and the measurement of light' by William Henry Preece10 July 1883
NLB/8/800Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society1 January 1894
NLB/2/792Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society7 November 1888
NLB/11/108Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society22 April 1895
NLB/13/21Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Professor Michael Foster, Secretary, Royal Society29 May 1896
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