Authorised form of nameBlagden; Sir; Charles (1748 - 1820); physician
Dates1748 - 1820
Place of birthWotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England
Date of birth17 April 1748
Place of deathThe house of his friend Berthollet, a renowned chemist, at Arcueil, near Paris, France
Date of death26 March 1820
Research fieldPhysical chemistry
MD (1768, Edinburgh)
Medical Officer in the Army (until 1814); Secretary of the Royal Society (1784-1797); friend of Sir Joseph Banks
Kt c 1793
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election25/06/1772
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Sec 1784-1797
Medals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1788
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Neil Chambers, 'Letters From the President: the Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks' in NR 1999 vol 53 pp 27-57
Ernest Heberden, 'Correspondence of William Heberden, FRS With the Reverend Stephen Hales and Sir Charles Blagden' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 179-189
Sir Gavin de Beer and Max H Hey, 'The First Ascent of Mont Blanc' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 236-255
R K Bluhm, 'A Guide to the Archives of the Royal Society and to other Manuscripts in its Possession' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 21-39
G. R. De Beer, ‘The diary of Sir Charles Blagden’, NR vol 8 1950–51pp 65–89
G R de Beer, 'The Relations between Fellows of the Royal Society and French Men of Science when France and Britain were at War' in NR 1952 vol 9 pp 244-299
A D Atkinson, 'Dr Johnson and the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 131-138
L B Glyn, 'Israel Lyons: a short but starry career. The life of an eighteenth-century Jewish botanist and astronomer' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 275-305
M Crosland, 'Relationships between the Royal Society and the Academie des Sciences in the late eighteenth century' in NR 2005 vol 59 pp 25-34
C Anderson, 'Blagden Papers at the Royal Society' in NR 2007 vol 61 pp 237-238
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8132
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/005298Blagden, Sir Charles1994
MM/1/33Letter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square29 March 1784
IM/005299Blagden, Sir Charles1994
MM/2/11CCard from Charles Blagden, Kings Road, to Russell23 April 1784
DM/4/18Copies of letters from Comte de Cassini, Paris, to Charles Blagden29 May 1787, 27 July 1787
DM/4/22Copy of a letter Charles Blagden to Comte de Cassini20 April 1787
DM/4/19Copy of letter from Charles Blagden to Comte de Cassini, Paris29 June 1787
CB/1/2/1Letter from Charles Blagden, Dicksons Close, Edinburgh to Mrs Elizabeth Nelmes1 November 1765
MM/16/101Letter from J B Biot to C Blagden29 April 1816
EC/1772/20Blagden, Sir Charles: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MOB/044Compound microscopec.1800
MS/818Letter from Sir Joseph Banks to Sir Charles Blagden28 October 1818
MS/62The Marine Atlas by Thomas South. A New Invention for the Preservation of Ships and Security of Mariners. Humbly offered to the Public in its unfinished state, as an Excitement to Industry and Ingenuity1787
MS/819Letter from Sir Charles Blagden to Sir Joseph Banks31 August 1790
L&P/9/76Paper, 'Experiments on the cooling of water below its freezing point' by Charles Blagden1788
L&P/11/7Letter, 'Official report on the lightning conductors at Purfleet' from Henry Cavendish and Charles Blagden to Joseph Banks23 June 1796
L&P/8/163Paper, 'Of an erratum in his paper in the Philosophical Transactions' from Edward Waring to Charles Blagden1785
L&P/8/156Letter, 'On further magnetical experiments suggested by Dr Blagden' from Tiberius Cavallo to Charles Blagden9 January 1786
L&P/8/59Letter, 'On meteors' from Charles Blagden to Joseph Banks1783
L&P/6/86Paper, 'Experiments and observations in a heated room' by Charles Blagden1775
L&P/6/46Letter, 'The history of reindeer' from Daines Barrington to Charles Blagden30 December 1773
L&P/7/196Paper, 'Of the heat of the water in the Gulf Stream' by Charles Blagden1781
L&P/6/132Paper, 'Further experiments in a heated room' by Charles Blagden1775
L&P/7/183Letter, 'Flagstaff struck by lightning' from Charles Blagden to Joseph Banks22 November 1780
L&P/9/74/1Letter, 'Account of electrical apparatus' from John Lyon to Charles Blagden6 December 1787
L&P/9/52Letter, 'Narrative of a fall into an abandoned coal-pit near Glasgow' from George Spearing to Charles Blagden28 November 1786
L&P/7/239/1Report, 'Of the failure of eight pointed conductors to prevent the poor-house at Heckingham, Norfolk' by Charles Blagden and Edward Nairne7 February 1782
L&P/12/134/1Letter, 'Description of an instrument of greater extent than a sextant' by Anthony Dunlop to Charles Blagden30 March 1806
L&P/11/16Letter, 'On the intensity of cold' from Richard Walker to Charles Blagden1796
L&P/9/169Paper, 'Report on the best method of proportioning the excise upon spirituous liquors' by Charles Blagden1790
L&P/9/85Paper, 'Experiments on the effect of various substances in lowering the point of congelation in water' by Charles Blagden1788
L&P/10/23Paper, 'Supplementary report on the best method of proportioning the excise upon spirituous liquors' by Charles Blagden1792
L&P/10/24Paper, 'Appendix to the report given by Charles Blagden' by George Gilpin14 June 1792
L&P/10/15Letter, 'Remarkable failure of haddocks on the coasts of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire' from Reverend Cooper Abbs to Charles Blagden9 May 1792
L&P/8/30Paper, 'History of the congelation of quicksilver' by Charles Blagden1783
L&P/11/9Note, 'To the effect that Mr Tennant has destroyed his paper in the diamond' from Bulmer to Charles Blagden1796
L&P/9/8/1Letter, 'Account of a new comet' from Caroline Herschel to Charles Blagden2 August 1786
DM/4/116Copy of letter from Sir Joseph Banks18 March 1796
DM/4/17Copy of letter from Charles Blagden to Comte de Cassini18 May 1787
IM/000401Blagden, Sir Charlesnd
IM/000400Blagden, Sir Charlesnd
L&P/10/58Paper, 'Specimen of a meteorological chart' by G Smith, sent to Sir Charles Blagden1 January 1793
MS/821Additional papers of Charles Blagden18th Century-19th Century
PT/7/14Paper, 'An appendix to Mr Ware's paper on vision' by Sir C [Charles] Blagden[1813]
L&P/8/61/1Letter, 'On the remarkable appearance of the polar regions of Mars and inclination of its axis' from William Herschel to Charles Blagden1 December 1783
CBPapers of Sir Charles Blagden 1771-1820
L&P/8/172/1Letter, 'Of cliff-sinkings at Folkestone' from Edward King and J Lyon to Charles Blagden24 November 1785
L&P/9/60Paper, 'Some observations on ancient inks, with the proposal of a new method of recovering the legibility of decayed writings' by Charles Blagden1787
L&P/8/85Letter, 'On litmus, red cabbage and other test liquors' from James Watt to Charles Blagden29 May 1784
L&P/7/239Paper, 'Of the failure of eight pointed conductors to prevent the poor-house at Heckingham, Norfolk' by Charles Blagden and Edward Nairne1782
L&P/9/9Letter, 'Remarks on the new comet' from William Herschel to Charles Blagden15 November 1786
L&P/9/19Letter, 'Appendix to the description of a new electrometer ' from Abraham Bennet to Charles Blagden18 December 1786
L&P/10/48Letter, 'Account of the tides at Naples' from Charles Blagden to Joseph Banks30 March 1793
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