Authorised form of nameCursetjee; Ardaseer (1808 - 1877)
Dates1808 - 1877
Dates and placesBirth:
06 October 1808
Richmond, Surrey (16 November 1877)
ActivityIndian ship builder and Engineer
First Indian to have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
Joined his father at the dockyards, being described as especially interested in steam engines. launched a 60-ton ship of his own design called the 'Indus' (1833). His house and gardens at Mazgaon lit using gas lighting, in the presence of the Governor of Bombay (10 March 1834).
Elected non-resident Member, Royal Asiatic Society (1837); retired as Chief Engineer (1 August 1857);
Freemason, initiated, 22 January 1844, Lodge Riding Star of Western india No 342 (SC) Bombay, subsequently Mumbai, India
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Cursethee Rustomjee, of the Wadia family of shipbuilders and naval architects and Master Builder at the Bombay [now Mumbai] Dockyard
Bulloch's Roll
R K Kochhar, 'Ardaseer Cursetjee (1808-1877), the First Indian Fellow of the Royal Society of London' in NR 1993 vol 47 pp 33-47, plate
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 1. 1731-1847' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 307-332
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
The Library and Museumm of Freemasonry 'Freemasons and the Royal Society;Alphabetical List of Fellows of the Royal Society who were Freemasons' 2010, page 25
Item 20 in Box File of additional information in Room 115.
Royal Society codeNA8051
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1841/26Cursetjee, Ardaseer: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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