Authorised form of nameWhitehurst; John (1713 - 1788)
Dates1713 - 1788
Place of birthCongleton, Cheshire, England
Date of birth10 April 1713
Place of deathAt his residence in Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London
Date of death18 February 1788
Dates and placesBurial:
St Andrew's burying ground, Gray's Inn Road, London
OccupationScientific instrument maker
Opened own clock and watch making business, Derby, also made scientific instruments; Stamper of the money weights (1775); his house in London was previously the home of James Ferguson (FRS 1763)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election13/05/1779
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Sir John Craig, 'The Royal Society and the Royal Mint' in NR 1964 vol 19 pp 156-167
Robert E Schofield, 'The Lunar Society of Birmingham; A Bicentenary Appraisal' in NR 1966 vol 21 pp 144-161
Douglas McKie, 'Priestley's Laboratory and Library and Other of his Effects' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 114-13
Desmond King-Hele, 'The 1997 Wilkins Lecture: Erasmus Darwin, the Lunaticks and Evolution' in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 153-180
H S Torrens, 'The Father of Derbyshire Geology', review of Maxwell Craven, John Whitehurst of Derby: Clockmaker and Scientist 1713-88 in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 341-342
Royal Society codeNA8029
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/004881Whitehurst, Johnnd
NLB/14/228Copy letter from an unknown correspondent, to Alexander Richardson Binnie26 January 1897
NLB/14/318Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Alexander R Binnie, 77 Ladbroke Grove, W.15 February 1897
MS/391/194Bond of John Whitehurst to the Treasurer of the Royal Society13 May 1779
L&P/7/131Letter, 'The case of Mr Yapp' from John Whitehurst to John Pringle19 April 1779
L&P/6/189Letter, 'Of ignited substances' from John Whitehurst to James Stuart29 November 1775
L&P/4/392Letter, 'Thermometric observations at Derby' from John Whitehurst to Benjamin Franklin5 February 1767
EC/1779/09Whitehurst, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/17Volume 17 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1897-1899
P/0242Portrait of Whitehurst, John 1786
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