Authorised form of nameCurtius; Sir; William (c1599 - 1678); diplomat
Other forms of nameWilhelm
Datesc1599 - 1678
Date of birthc. 1599
Date of death23 January 1678
English Resident in Sweden and Germany; secretary to archduke Frederick V of the Palatinate
Bt 1652
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election03/10/1667
ProposerWilliam Brereton
Other Royal Society activityActed as a correspondent to the Society and submitted some papers (1660s); Credited with promoting the Society's work amongst European nobility (1668)
RelationshipsChildren: Sir Charles William Curtius, 2nd Baronet
General contextCurtius was an active diplomat during the Thirty Year War in Europe and return to his work as a diplomat for England during the king's exile.
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Bulloch's Roll; Burke EDB; Hunter; Hessische Biografie
Some sources have 14 May 1598 in Bensheim as a date and place of birth, and Frankfurt am Main as place of death. In some sources, Curtius is married twice, 1) Katharina Fabricius (von Gressenich) and 2) Anna Sibylla von Stalburg.
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Royal Society codeNA966
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/C1/36William Curtius, dated at Umbstradi to Henry Oldenburg19 December 1668
EL/C1/37William Curtius, dated at Umbstradi, to Henry Oldenburg9 January 1669
EL/C1/33Partial translation of a letter from William Curtius to Theodore Haak30 August 1667
EL/C1/38William Curtius, dated at Umbstradi, to Henry Oldenburg13 March 1669
EL/C1/34William Curtius, dated at Umbstradi, to the Royal Society5 June 1668
EL/O1/69Henry Oldenburg, dated at London, to William Curtius13 July 1668
RBO/3/59'An Account Of Mastick made by Ants Written by Sir William Curtius in a Letter to Mr Haak'30 August 1667
IM/001024Curtius, Sir Williamnd
NLB/7/1008Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to C[?] A Trevett Green, Public Record Office14 June 1893
EL/C1/35William Curtius, dated at Umbstradi, to Henry Oldenburg2 December 1668
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