James David Forbes (1809 - 1868)

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Birthplace: 86 George Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Bristol, England
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About James David Forbes

Biographical Summary

Forbes, James David. 20/04/1809-31/12/1868. Ref: 543. Male.

  • Place of Birth: 86 George Street, Edinburgh.
  • Place of Death: Clifton, Bristol.
  • Place of interment: Dean Cemy, Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Physicist, Glaciologist.
  • Appointments Held: Professor 1833-60, Natural Philosophy, Edinburgh University; Principal 1860-8, United College, St Andrews.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D.
  • Marital Status: Married Alicia Wauchope.
  • Family: Son George Forbes FRSE 1849-1936.
  • Mother: Williamina Belches of Invermay or Stuart.
  • Father: William Forbes of Monymusk and Pitsligo 7th. Baronet. FRSE 1773-1828.
  • Siblings: John Stuart Hepburn Forbes of Fettercairn and Pitsligo. FRSE 1804-66 and Charles Forbes FRSE.
  • Other Family: Grandson of William Forbes FRSE 1739-1806 and Nephew of George Forbes FRSE 1790-1857.
  • References: DNB 19, 1889, 398-400; Proc Roy Soc 19, 1870-1, pp i-ix; Proc.Roy. Soc. Edinb. 7, 1869-72, 11-15; JC. Shairp, PG. Tait and A. Adams-Reilly, " Life & Letters of James David Forbes, FRS". Macmillan, London 1873; F. Cunningham "James David Forbes : Pioneer Scottish Glaciologist", Edinburgh 1990; W P Anderson 1931, 725.
  • Memberships: FRS (1832), FGS, Highland Society (1836).
  • Date of Election: 03/01/1831.
  • Proposers: Sir David Brewster, 11/12/1828, (ms Proposal NLS Acc. 10,000/44) (Billet 20/12/1830,).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1831-3, Secretary (Ordinary Meetings) 1833-40, General Secretary 1840-60. Vice-President 1860-8, Honorary Vice-President 1868.
  • RSE Prizes and Medals: Keith Prize 1833-5, 1841-3, 1863-5.
  • Notes: Invented the Seismometer 1842.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002, pt. 1. A-J, page 324

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James David Forbes's Timeline

1809
April 20, 1809
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
1847
December 25, 1847
Age 38
1849
April 5, 1849
Age 39
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
1868
December 31, 1868
Age 59
Bristol, England
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Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland