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Authorised form of nameDollond; John (1706 - 1761)
SurnameDollond
ForenamesJohn
Dates1706 - 1761
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Spitalfields, London, England (10 June 1706)
Death:
London (30 November 1761)
ActivityResearch Field:
Optics
Career:
Silk weaver; entered as a partner in his son's optician business, Dollond and Son (1752); patented an achromatic lens (1758)
Memberships:
Spectaclemakers' Company (1755)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
28/05/1761
Medals/Prizes:
Copley Medal 1758
RelationshipsFather-in-law of Jesse Ramsden (FRS 1786)
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
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
Royal Society codeNA8205
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AB/1/2/1/26Bill for John Dollond19 December 1760
L&P/9/131Paper, 'Account of the late John Dollond's discovery which led to the grand improvement of the refracting telescopes' by Peter Dolland 1789
IM/001182Dollond, Johnnd
S/0009Sculpture bust of Dollond, John
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
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
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