Authorised form of nameNairne; Edward (1726 - 1806)
Dates1726 - 1806
Dates and placesBirth:
Chelsea, London (01 September 1806)
Established a shop as an Optical, Mathematical and Philosophical Instrument maker; friend of Joseph Priestley; designed 'Nairne's electrical machine'; one of the proprietors of the Royal Institution (1800)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
John R Levene, 'Benjamin Franklin, FRS, Sir Joshua Reynolds, FRS, PRA, Benjamin West, PRA and the Invention of Bifocals' in NR 1972-3 vol 27 pp 141-163
W D Hackmann, 'The Design of the Triboelectric Generators of Martinus Van Marum, FRS. A Case History of the Interaction Between England and Holland in the Field of Instrument Design in the Eighteenth Century' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 163-181
J R M Setchell, 'The Friendship of John Smeaton, FRS, with Henry Hindley, Instrument and Clockmaker of York and the Development of Equatorial Mounting Telescopes' in NR 1970 vol 25 pp 79-86
T E Allibone, 'The Club of the Royal College of Physicians, the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers and their Relationship to the Royal Society Club' in NR 1967 vol 22 pp 186-192
Douglas McKie, 'Priestley's Laboratory and Library and Other of his Effects' in NR 1956-57 vol 12 pp 114-136
Royal Society codeNA8264
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/005260Nairne, Edward1994
RSL/1/38Letter from Edward Nairne, London, to Sir Joseph Banks19 July 1782
L&P/7/146Paper, 'A criticism of papers on electricity by Dr Musgrave and others' by Edward Nairne1780
L&P/7/160Paper, 'Effect of electricity in shortening wires' by Edward Nairne1780
L&P/7/50/7Plate, 'Instruments placed under artificial cloud' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/5/216Paper, 'Of a new equatoreal telescope' by Edward Nairne1771
L&P/6/3Paper, 'Experiments with his electrical machine' by Edward Nairne1773
L&P/7/50/2Plate, 'The electrical machine and the apparatus used in the following experiments' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/6/250Paper, 'Experiments with Smeaton's air pump' by Edward Nairne1777
L&P/7/50Paper, 'Electrical experiments - protection of buildings from lightning' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/7/39Letter, 'Firing a pistol charged with inflammable air by electricity' from Edward Nairne to 7 May 1778
L&P/7/50/6Plate, 'Moveable artificial cloud in action' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/7/26Papers, 'An accident by lightning at Purfleet' by Edward Nickson, Benjamin Wilson, William Henly, Edward Nairne, Timothy Lane, John Boddington and Joseph Planta19 June 1777
L&P/7/50/4Plate, 'A moveable artifical cloud' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/7/50/3Plate, 'Receiving rod' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/7/50/5Plate, 'Moveable artificial cloud in action' by Edward Nairne1778
L&P/7/211/1Letter, 'Account of a hurricane at Roehampton, October 1780' from Edward Edwards to Edward Nairne1 March 1781
L&P/8/16Letter, 'The effect of lightning on metallic wires' from Edward Nairne to Joseph Banks22 January 1783
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/7/239Paper, 'Of the failure of eight pointed conductors to prevent the poor-house at Heckingham, Norfolk' by Charles Blagden and Edward Nairne1782
EC/1776/16Nairne, Edward: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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