Authorised form of nameRae; John (1813 - 1893)
Dates1813 - 1893
Place of birthThe Hall of Clestrain, near Stromness, Orkney Islands
Date of birth30 September 1813
Place of deathHis residence, 4 Addison Gardens, London
Date of death22 July 1893
Dates and placesBurial:
Churchyard of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Research fieldArctic exploration
Edinburgh (qualified as surgeon, 1833); LLD (Edinburgh)
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
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election03/06/1880
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Proc Roy Soc 1896-1897 vol 60 pp v-vii signed by F G
David E Cartwright, 'Pedestrian Extraordinary', review of Robert L Richards, Dr John Rae in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 144-146, plate
Virtual International Authority File
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
MC/12/53Letter from John Rae, 4 Addison Gardens, Kensington, to G G [George Gabriel] Stokes, Secretary of the Royal Society4 June 1880
MC/12Volume 12 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1880-1883
PP/2/23/2Unpublished letter, regarding 'On the causes of glacier-motion' from John Rae to George Gabriel Stokes22 October 1881
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