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Authorised form of nameVarley; Cromwell Fleetwood (1828 - 1883)
Dates1828 - 1883
NationalityBritish
Place of birthKentish Town, London, England
Date of birth06 April 1828
Place of deathCromwell House, Bexley Heath, Kent
Date of death02 September 1883
Dates and placesBurial:
Bexley, Kent
OccupationCivil engineer
ActivityCareer:
Consulting Electrician to the Electric and International Telegraph Company (1846-1868), to the Atlantic Telegraph Company, and to la Socit du Cable Transatlantique France; consultant to the laying of the second Atlantic cable
Memberships:
MICE
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election08/06/1871
RelationshipsSon of Cornelius Varley, watercolourist, and his wife Elizabeth Straker; named after his ancestors Oliver Cromwell and General Charles Fleetwood, Parliamentarian.
Married: 1) divorced by his wife; 2) Jesse, daughter of Charles Smith of Forres
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
References:
John Varley Jeffery, 'The Varley Family: Engineers and Artists' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 263-279
R Noakes, 'Cromwell Varley FRS, electrical discharge and Victorian spiritualism' in NR 2007 vol 61 pp 5-21
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/52473291
Royal Society codeNA8021
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AP/44/16On the relative speed of the Electric wave through submarine Cables of different lengths ; and a unit of speed for comparing Electric Cables1862
RR/5/277Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'On the relative speed of the electric wave through submarine cables of different lengths, and a unit of speed for comparing electric cables by bisecting the electric wave' by Cromwell Fleetwood Varley16 June 1863
RR/7/141Referee's report by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, on a paper 'Polarization of metallic surfaces in aqueous solutions. On a new method of obtaining electricity from mechanical force, and certain relations between electrostatic induction and the decomposition of water' by Cromwell Fleetwood Varley5 January 1871
MS/427/27Copy letter from Walter White, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [Cromwell Fleetwood] Varley Esq.21 January 1880
EC/1871/13Varley, Cromwell Fleetwood: certificate of election to the Royal Society
RR/7/142Referee's report by Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin, on a paper 'Polarization of metallic surfaces in aqueous solutions. On a new method of obtaining electricity from mechanical force, and certain relations between electrostatic induction and the decomposition of water' by Cromwell Fleetwood Varley21 February 1871
MC/9/204Letter from C F [Cromwell Fleetwood] Varley, 1 & 2 Great Winchester Street Buildings, London, to Professor [George Gabriel] Stokes, Secretary of the Royal Society17 May 1871
MC/9/182Letter from William Thomson, Glasgow College, to Sir Edward [Sabine], [President of the Royal Society]23 March 1871
MC/9Volume 9 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1870-June 1873
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