Authorised form of nameSmith; Robert (1689 - 1768)
Dates1689 - 1768
Place of birthLea, near Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
Date of birth1689
Place of deathThe Master's Lodge, Trinity College, Cambridge
Date of death02 February 1768
Dates and placesBurial:
Trinity College chapel, Cambridge
Research fieldPhysics
Mr Thomas's School at Leicester; Trinity College, Cambridge; BA (1712), MA (1715), LLD (1723), DD (Lit Reg 1739)
Assistant to his cousin; Fellow of Trinity (1714); Tutor at Trinity (1715-1734); Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge (1716-1760); ordained deacon and priest (1738); Vice Chancellor of Cambridge (1742-1743); Master of Trinity (1742-1768); benefactor of Cambridge University
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election05/02/1719
RelationshipsSon of John Smith, Rector of Lea, and his wife, Hannah, aunt of Roger Cotes (FRS 1711)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn
Gentleman's Magazine 1768, p94 (obituary)
London Magazine 1768, p166 (obituary)
L B Glyn, 'Israel Lyons: a short but starry career. The life of an eighteenth-century Jewish botanist and astronomer' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 275-305
Royal Society codeNA835
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/4/64Letter from Robert Smith, Cambridge, to Martin Folkes22 February 1731/2
CLP/4ii/9Paper, 'Description of a barometer wherein the scale of variation may be increased at pleasure' by Reverend John Rowning1732
L&P/2/94Letter, 'Concerning the mean motion of the Moon's apogee' from Patrick Murdoch to Robert Smith6 April 1750
CLP/22ii/5Paper, Account of the book 'Harmonia mensurarum sive analysis et synthesis per rationum .... [The harmony of measure, or analysis and synthesis through reasoning...]' by Roger Cotesius [Cotes], edited by Robert Smith[1723]
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