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Authorised form of nameRae; John (1813 - 1893)
SurnameRae
ForenamesJohn
Dates1813 - 1893
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
The Hall of Clestrain, near Stromness, Orkney Islands (30 September 1813)
Death:
His residence, 4 Addison Gardens, London (22 July 1893)
Burial:
Churchyard of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
ActivityProfession:
Surgeon
Research Field:
Arctic exploration
Education:
Edinburgh (qualified as surgeon, 1833); LLD (Edinburgh)
Career:
Surgeon, Hudson Bay Company; Resident Surgeon, Moose Fort (to 1845); voyaged in the Arctic Circle (1846); on first land expedition in search of Franklin (1847); further expeditions (1850, 1851); found news of the fate of Franklin and received the Government reward (1854); conducted telegraph surveys; died of influenza
Memberships:
LRCSE
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
3/06/1880
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1896-1897 vol 60 pp v-vii signed by F G
References:
David E Cartwright, 'Pedestrian Extraordinary', review of Robert L Richards, Dr John Rae in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 144-146, plate
Royal Society codeNA8013
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1880/15Rae, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/Maull/003715Rae, John1893
NLB/3/952Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Sir James Cockle, Fellow of the Royal Society22 November 1889
NLB/10/86Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Francis Galton, Fellow of the Royal Society26 September 1894
NLB/10/283Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mrs Woodward5 November 1894
NLB/9/434Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Francis Galton, Fellow of the Royal Society18 May 1894
MS/427/188Copy letter from [Michael] Foster, Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Secretary of the Treasury4 May 1882
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