Authorised form of nameGrew; Nehemiah (1641 - 1712); botanist and physiologist
Dates1641 - 1712
Dates and placesBirth:
Mancetter, Warwickshire, England
(26 September 1641)
25 March 1712
The Dodson family vault, Cheshunt parish church, Hertfordshire
ActivityResearch Field:
Plant morphology, plant anatomy; Chemistry
Pembroke College, Cambridge; BA (1649/50); Leyden; probably MD (c1671)
Practised in Coventry (1671) and then in London; Editor of 'Philosophical Transactions' (1678-1679); compiled a catalogue of the Royal Society's repository; died suddenly while going on his rounds
Hon FRCP (1680)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Robert Hooke
Sec 1677-1679; Council 1675, 1677-83, 1690, 1692; Plant Anatomy Curator 1672-1673
Editor Phil. Trans.:1677-1679
RelationshipsSon of Obadiah Grew, DD, of Atherstone, Warwickshire, and his wife, Helen, widow of William Sampson of South Leverton, Nottinghamshire, and daughter of Gregory Vicars of Treswell, Nottinghamshire; married Elizabeth Dodson
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn; Hunter; Innes Smith
Janet Browne, review of William LeFanu, Nehemiah Grew, MD, FRS: A Study and Bibliography of His Writings in NR 1991 vol 45 pp 115-116
Marie Boas Hall, 'The Early Years of the Royal Society', review of Michael Hunter, Establishing the New Science: the Experience of the Early Royal Society in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 265-268
Charles A Rivington, 'Addendum. Early Printers to the Royal Society, 1663-1708' in NR 1985-86 vol 40 pp 219-220
A D C Simpson, 'Newton's Telescope and the Cataloguing of the Royal Society's Repository' in NR 1983-84 vol 38 pp 187-214
Michael Hunter, 'Early Problems in Professionalizing Scientific Research: Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712) and the Royal Society, With an Unpublished Letter to Henry Oldenburg' in NR 1981-82 vol 36 pp 189-209
Michael Hunter, 'The Social Bias and Changing Fortunes of an Early Scientific Institution: An Analysis of the Membership of the Royal Society, 1660-1685' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 9-114
Jeanne Bolam, 'The Botanical Works of Nehemiah Grew, FRS (1641-1712)' in NR 1972-3 vol 27 pp 219-231
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8411
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/L1/42Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew13 June 1679
EL/L1/35Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Nehemiah Grew1678
EL/L1/40Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew25 April 1679
EL/L1/39Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew1678
EL/L1/36Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew31 May 1678
EL/L1/38Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew27 September 1678
RBO/4/49'Some observations of the Secondine or innermost cover of the seed of' by Nehemiah Grewnd
IM/004733Grew, NehemiahOctober 2004
RBO/4/48'Some breife observations concerning the nature of Snow' by Nehemiah Grew1672
EL/N1/71Francesco Nazari, dated at Rome, to Nehemiah Grew7 December 1680
EL/R1/38Salomon Reisel, dated at Stutgart, to Nehemiah Grew25 July 1684
MM/4/71Letter from Nehemiah Grew to Henry Oldenburgh December 1672
EL/S2/5Robert Sibbald, dated at Edinburgh, to Nehemiah Grew25 September 1693
EL/G1/36Nehemiah Grew, dated at Coventry, to Henry Oldenburg13 September 1673
RBO/5/11'Experiments in Consort upon the dissolution of Salts in Water' by Nehemiah Grew18 January 1677
RBO/5/8'The Anatomy of Leavs [Leaves]' by Nehemiah Grew1676
RBO/5/7'A continuation of the Discourse concerning Luctation ariseing from the Mixture of Bodyes' by Nehemiah Grew1676
RBO/4/61'Of the Differences of Tastes' by Nehemiah Grew25 March 1675
RBO/4/56'Concerning the Nature, Causes and Power of Mixture' by Nehemiah Grew1674
CLP/12i/35Paper, 'Observationes aliquot variores de morboso liene' by Nehemia [Nehemiah] Grew[1691]
CLP/10i/32Paper, 'The description of the American pottato [potato]' by Dr [Nehemiah] Grewc. 17th century
RBO/5/10'A Discourse concerning the Essentiall and Marine Salts of Vegetables' by Nehemiah Grew1676
CLP/11i/19Paper, 'An essay, of the proportion of the fixed salt of one plant, or part of a plant, to the fixed salt of an other: and to all the other principles, in any one plant' by Nehemiah Grew8 March 1676
CLP/10i/14Paper, 'Some further account of the pith' by Dr [Nehemiah] Grew12 June 1672
CLP/11i/18Paper, 'Of the luctation arising upon the mixture of bodies' by [Nehemiah Grew][1676]
MM/20/55Letter from Thomas Henshaw to Robert Southwell16 May 1682
CLP/14i/27'Disputatio medico-physica liquore nervoso' by Nehemiah Grew1672
DM/5/14Notes concerning the appointment of Curators to the Royal Society and costs incurred by them1660s
IM/001790Grew, Nehemiahnd
NLB/1/87Copy letter from Michael Foster, to Elizabeth Grew18 March 1886
NLB/13/568Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Ernest H Smith, 154 Dennett Road, Croydon, Surrey8 October 1896
NLB/15/485Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Dr Johannes Bosscha, Haarlem, Holland13 October 1897
MS/390/78Bond of Nehemiah Grew to the Treasurer of the Royal Society3 January 1682
NLB/64/647Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Superintendent of the Finger Print Identification Bureau, New Scotland Yard, London S.W.123 May 1923
RBO/6/16'Description and use of the Pores in the Skin of the Hands and Feet' by Nehemiah Grewnd
DM/5/71Recommendation that seven persons (named) 'do take into their Custody all the Rarities, bookes and other goods and chattells belonging to the Royall Society'17th century
EL/L1/37Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew1678
EL/L1/34Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Nehemiah Grew18 March 1678
EL/L1/39aPhotocopy of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Nehemiah Grew21 February 1679
EL/G1/34Nehemiah Grew, dated at London, to Marcello Malpighi1672
EL/G1/33Nehemiah Grew, dated at Coventry, to Henry Oldenburg12 March 1671
RBO/5/12'The comparative Anatomy of Animals begun' by Nehemiah Grew8 February 1676
MM/16/39Minutes of a committee 'for taking care of the repository of the Royal Society'3 February 1676
EL/G1/35Remarks by Nehemiah Grew about his letter to Marcello Malpighi1672
IM/001789Grew, Nehemiahnd
RBO/5/6'Of the Luctation ariseing upon the Mixture of Bodys' by Nehemiah Grew1676
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