Authorised form of nameBrooke; Sir; William O'Shaughnessy (1809 - 1889)
Other forms of nameWilliam Brooke
Other forms of surnameO'Shaughnessy
Dates1809 - 1889
Place of birthLimerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Date of birthOctober 1809
Place of deathSouthsea, Hampshire
Date of death10 January 1889
Research fieldTelegraphy
MD (1829, Edinburgh)
Professor of Chemistry & Natural Philosophy, Medical & Hindu colleges of Calcutta (1835); on sick leave (1843); Assistant Surgeon, Bengal Army; Surgeon (1848); Surgeon Major (1858); Assay Master, Calcutta mint (1844-1851); experimented with submarine telegraphy across the Hooghly, Calcutta; introduced telegraphy into India (1839); Superintendent of Telegraphs, India (1852-1862); wrote on chemistry; died after a short illness
Kt 1856
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election16/03/1843
RelationshipsBelieved to have changed his name to Brooke to conceal an affair with Julia Greenly Sabine whilst still married to his second wife.
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Proc Roy Soc 1889 vol 46 pp xviii-xix signed by W H P
J A Bridge, 'Sir William Brooke O'Shaughnessy, MD, FRS, FRCS, FSA: A Biographical Appreciation by an Electrical Engineer' in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 103-120, plate
Mel Gorman, 'Sir William Brooke O'Shaughnessy, FRS (1809-1889), Anglo-Indian Forensic Chemist' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 51-64, plate
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8150
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
NLB/3/209Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to William Henry Preece, Fellow of the Royal Society10 April 1889
EC/1843/10Brooke, Sir William O'Shaughnessy: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/7/88Letter from Wm O'S [William O'Shaughnessy] Brooke, Hotel Victoria, Interlaken, Switzerland, to Walter White, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society5 June 1864
MC/7Volume 7 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1864-1866
HS/13/186Letter, from William O'Shaughnessy Brooke to Sir John Herschel, dated at 8 Bentinck Terrace3 September 1852
HS/13/185Letter, from William O'Shaughnessy Brooke to Sir John Herschel, dated at 73 Newman St.6 February 1843
HS/13/184Letter, from William O'Shaughnessy Brooke to Sir John Herschel, dated at 14 Bernan St.23 January 1843
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