Authorised form of nameEllis; John (c 1710 - 1776); naturalist
Datesc 1710 - 1776
Place of birthIreland
Date of birthc 1710
Place of deathLondon
Date of death15 October 1776
Research fieldNatural history
In business as a merchant in London (until 1764); agent for West Florida (1764) and for Dominica (1770); his views on natural history were opposed by Job Baster (FRS 1738); the genus Ellisia (Boraginaceae) was named after him
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election14/02/1754
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley 1767
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Olwyn M Blouet, 'Bryan Edward, FRS, 1743-1800' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 215-222
Roy A Rauschenberg, 'John Ellis, FRS: Eighteenth Century Naturalist and Royal Agent to West Florida' in NR 1977-8 vol 32 pp 149-164
Royal Society codeNA8215
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/3/284Letter, 'An answer to Philip Miller's letter read on December 15' from John Ellis to George Parker19 January 1758
IM/001293Ellis, John1992
L&P/6/134Letter, 'On gorgonia' from John Ellis to Daniel Charles Solander1775
IM/001297Ellis, John and Solander, Daniel Charles2000
MM/3/18Letter from John Ellis, London, to the Royal Society18 June 1761
L&P/2/432Letter, 'Of a coralline' from John Ellis to Thomas Birch15 March 1753
L&P/4/290Letter, 'Of the nature and formation of sponges' from John Ellis to Daniel Charles Solander1765
L&P/5/96Paper, 'On animalcula in vegetable infusions' by John Ellis1769
L&P/3/344Letter, 'Descriptions of several new species of barnacle' from John Ellis to Isaac Romilly21 December 1758
L&P/3/385Letter, 'Of the cold winter' from Henry Ellis to John Ellis14 February 1759
L&P/5/165Letter, 'On a method for preparing birds for preservation' from Thomas Davies to John Ellis12 March 1770
L&P/6/245Letter, 'Jesuit's bark tree; Cabbage bark tree' from William Wright to John Ellis20 January 1775
L&P/6/88Letter, 'Account of Gymnotus electrius' from Alexander Garden to John Ellis14 August 1774
L&P/2/517Letter, 'Of corallines' from John Ellis to Peter Collinson1754
EC/1753/12Ellis, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/2/384Letter, 'Of a marine cluster-polype' from John Ellis to Peter Collinson8 November 1753
L&P/3/335Letter, 'On the heat of the weather in Georgia in July 1758' from Henry Ellis to John Ellis27 July 1758
L&P/3/250Letter, 'On Dr Job Baster's 'Observationes de Corallinis'' from John Ellis to George Parker9 June 1757
L&P/4/352Letter, 'Of Coluber cerastes, the horned viper of Egypt' from John Ellis to James Douglas1766
L&P/3/89/1Letter, 'Of a curious fleshy coral-like substance' from Johann Albert Schlosser to John Ellis22 January 1756
L&P/3/416Letter, 'Of the method of making Sal ammoniac in Eqypt, as communicated by Dr Hasselquist, a pupil of Linnaeus' from John Ellis to the Royal Society20 December 1759
L&P/5/203Letters, 'On a new species of illicum linnæi, or starry aniseed tree, lately discovered in West Florida' from John Ellis to William Aiton 1770
L&P/2/478Letter, 'Concerning a particular species of coralline' from John Ellis to Peter Collinson7 February 1754
L&P/2/317Letter, 'Of corallines, corals' from John Ellis to Philip Carteret Webb18 June 1752
L&P/5/14Paper, 'On a method of preserving acorns in wax fit for vegetating; with a letter of approval from William Aiton of Kew' by John Ellis 1768
L&P/5/203aLetter, 'The figure and character of that elegant American evergreen called by the gardeners the Loblolly Bay' from John Elllis to Carl Linnaeus1770
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