John Pringle Nichol (1804 - 1859)

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Birthplace: Huntly Hill, Angus, Scotland
Death: Died in Rothesay, Bute, Scotland
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Biographical Summary

Nichol, John Pringle. 13/01/1804-19/09/1859. Ref: 1159. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Rev.
  • Place of Birth: Huntly Hill, nr. Brechin, Angus.
  • Place of Death: Glenburn House, Rothesay, Bute.
  • Place of interment: Grange Cemy, Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Schoolmaster, Astronomer.
  • Appointments Held: Preacher and Teacher, Hawick; Editor, Fife Herald; Headmaster, Cupar Academy, Fife; Rector 1827, Montrose Academy; Professor 1836-59, Practical Astronomy, Glasgow University.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, King's College, Aberdeen, Divinity.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D (Hon Glasgow 1837).
  • Publications: "View of the Architecture of the Heavens", "The Solar Sysrem", "The Stellar Universe", "Cyclopaedia of the Physical Sciences".
  • Marital Status: Married 1st (1831) Miss Tullis, 2nd (1853) Miss Pease.
  • Mother: Jane Forbes.
  • Father: John Nichol, gentleman farmer, Northumberland.
  • Other Family: Father in law of William Jack FRSE 1834-1924.
  • References: DNB 40, 1894, 412-3; Irving 389; A Boyle, Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 5, 1984.
  • Memberships: FRAS.
  • Date of Election: 02/05/1836.
  • Proposers: Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 7/3/1836, (ms Proposal NLS Acc 10,000/45).Billet 4/4/1836, 11/4/1836, 18/4/1836).
  • Resigned/Removed/Election Cancelled/Not Admitted: Election Cancelled.
  • Date of Resignation: Election Cancelled 1840-4.
  • Notes: Instrumental in transferring the University Observatory to Dowanhill in 1840.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 695

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Prof. John Pringle Nichol's Timeline

1804
January 13, 1804
Huntly Hill, Angus, Scotland
1859
September 19, 1859
Age 55
Rothesay, Bute, Scotland
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Edinburgh, Scotland