Authorised form of nameWollaston; William Hyde (1766 - 1828); chemist, physicist and physiologist
ForenamesWilliam Hyde
Dates1766 - 1828
Dates and placesBirth:
East Dereham, Norfolk, England (06 August 1766)
1 Dorset Street, London (22 December 1828)
The family vault, Chislehurst, Kent
Research Field:
Charterhouse, Surrey; Caius College, Cambridge. MB (1788); MD (1793)
Fellow of Caius College, Cambridge; gave up medicine to devote himself to Chemistry; discovered the malleability of platinum
FCP (1795)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Copley Medal 1802; Royal Medal 1828
Croonian 1809; Bakerian 1802, 1805, 1812, 1828
PRS Jun 1820-Nov 1820; Sec 1804-1816; VP 1820-1828
RelationshipsGrandson of Francis Wollaston (FRS 1723); third son of Francis Wollaston (FRS 1769); brother of Francis John Hyde Wollaston (FRS 1786); uncle of Alexander Luard Wollaston (FRS 1829); godfather of Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (FRS 1874)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Charterhouse Miscellany
John R Levene, 'Sir G B Airy, FRS (1801-1892) and the Symptomatology of Migraine' in NR 1975-6 vol 30 pp 15-23
Sir Harold Hartley, 'A Letter From Richard Phillips, FRS (1778-1857) to Michael Faraday, FRS (1791-1867)' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 220-223
L F Gilbert, 'W.H. Wollaston MSS at Cambridge' in NR 1952 vol 9 pp 310-332, plate
L F Gilbert, 'The Election to the Presidency of the Royal Society in 1820' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 256-279
J A Chaldecott, 'Contributions of Fellows of the Royal Society to the Fabrication of Platinum Vessels: Some Unpublished Manuscripts' in NR 1967 vol 22 pp 155-172, plate
Donald McDonald, 'Smithson Tennant, FRS (1761-1815)' in NR 1962 vol 17 pp 77-94
N G Coley, 'George Pearson MD, FRS (1751-1828): 'The greatest chemist in England'? in NR 2003 vol 57 pp
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 codeNA8298
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1793/05Wollaston, William Hyde: certificate of election to the Royal Society
M/136Royal Medal 1836
AP/13/24Eclipse of the Sun observed at Benares 26 May 1828
DM/2/24BDraft letter from William Hyde Wollaston to Benjamin Charles Stephenson, Office of Works18 December 1824
AP/13/22On the Explosion of boilers of Steam Engines21 February 1825
AP/9/2Subject of a letter from Monsieur Ampere to Dr Wollatson (on electrical experiments)11 October 1820
DM/3/79Letter from WH Wollaston, Buckingham Street, to Stephen Lee, Asssistant Secretary, Royal Society10 January 1824
MM/6/87Letter from Humphry Davy to William Hyde Wollaston25 June 1820
NLB/9/978Copy letter from Theodore E James, to H Lupton, Haslemere, Parkwood Road, Boscombe Park1 August 1894
NLB/1/488Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr Dyer, 8 Orchard Street, Portman Square30 June 1887
NLB/8/644Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to A W Hutton, Librarian, National Liberal Club1 December 1893
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1832
NLB/37/834Copy Letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to G Woods Wollaston, College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street21 May 1908
DM/2/24ADraft of letter from Benjamin Charles Stephenson, Office of Works, to William Hyde Wollaston15 December 1824
P/0144Portrait of Wollaston, William Hyde
MS/251/7Letter from William Hyde Wollaston, to William Buckland, Oxford6 February 1819 [? postmark]
MS/251/11Letter from William Hyde Wollaston, 14 Buckingham Street, Fitzroy Square, to William Buckland, Oxford24 June 1822
MS/251/26Letter from William Hyde Wollaston, 1 Dorset Street, Manchester Square, to William Buckland28 July 1828
MS/251/13Copy letter from William Hyde Wollaston to Henry Wollaston[10 April 1823 ?]
L&P/11/122Paper, 'On double images caused by atmospheric refraction' by William Hyde Wollaston1800
NLB/65/644Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to E. A. Smith Esq.; Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham3 December 1923
NLB/65/690Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to E. A. Smith Esq.; Pershire Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham7 December 1923
MC/1/161Letter from William Hyde Wollaston, 1 Dorset Street, to the Royal Society 6 November 1828
L&P/12/30Paper, 'Method of examining refractive and dispersive powers by prismatic reflection' by William Hyde Wollaston1802
L&P/12/116Paper, 'The forces of percussion' [Bakerian Lecture] by William Hyde Wollaston1805
L&P/12/112Paper, 'On the discovery of palladium with observations on other substnces found with platina' by William Hyde Wollaston1805
L&P/12/31Paper, 'On the oblique refraction of Iceland crystals' by William Hyde Wollaston1802
L&P/12/80Paper, 'On a new metal found in crude platina' by William Hyde Wollaston1804
L&P/11/33Paper, 'On gouty and urinary concretions' by William Hyde Wollaston1797
L&P/11/169Paper, 'Experiments on the chemical production and agency of electricity' by Wiliam Hyde Wollaston1801
L&P/12/37Paper, 'Observations on the quantity of horizontal refraction and method of measuring the dip at sea' [Bakerian Lecture] by William Hyde Wollaston1802
MOB/045Galvanic battery by William Hyde Wollastonc.1813
MM/17/39Letter from Isaac Newton to JF Fauquier 27 July 1720
AP/13/20Observations on the plan proposed by Mr Parrot of St Petersburg16 June 1828
IM/007117Wollaston, William Hydend
IM/004982Wollaston, William Hyde2001
IM/007116Wollaston, William Hydend
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