Authorised form of nameDollond; John (1706 - 1761)
Dates1706 - 1761
Place of birthSpitalfields, London, England
Date of birth10 June 1706
Place of deathLondon
Date of death30 November 1761
Research fieldOptics
Silk weaver; entered as a partner in his son's optician business, Dollond and Son (1752); patented an achromatic lens (1758)
Spectacle makers' Company (1755)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election28/05/1761
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1758
RelationshipsFather-in-law of Jesse Ramsden (FRS 1786)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
R Willach, 'New Light on the Invention of the Achromatic Telescope Objective' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 195-210
G L'E Turner, 'James Short, FRS, and his Contribution to the Construction of Reflecting Telescopes' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 91-108
Richard Sorrenson, 'Dollond and Sons pursuit of achromaticity, 1758-1789' in Historia Mathematica 28 (2) (May 2001) pp 31-55
M Croarken, 'Astronomical labourers: Maskelyne's assistants at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1765 - 1811' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 285 - 298
W P Griffith and P J T Morris, 'Charles Hatchett FRS (1765 - 1847), chemist and discoverer of niobium' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 299 - 316
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8205
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AB/1/2/1/26Bill for John Dollond19 December 1760
S/0009Sculpture bust of Dollond, John
IM/001182Dollond, Johnnd
L&P/9/131Paper, 'Account of the late John Dollond's discovery which led to the grand improvement of the refracting telescopes' by Peter Dollond 1789
MM/4/20Draft of a speech by George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, President, Royal Society, on the award of the Copley Medal to John Dollond1758
IM/001183Dollond, Johnnd
MOB/026Heliometer by John Dollondc.1754
EC/1761/04Dollond, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/3Volume 3 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1839-1843
MC/3/222Letter from George Dollond, St Paul's Church Yard, to the [Marquis of Northampton] President of the Royal Society and to the Council 6 June 1842
P/0035Portrait of Dollond, John
L&P/2/330Letter, 'On varied refrangibility and on telescopic object-glasses' from James Short and John Dollond9 April 1752
MC/17Volume 17 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1897-1899
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