Daniel Rutherford (1749 - 1819)

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: Died
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Biographical Summary

Rutherford, Daniel. 03/11/1749-15/12/1819. Ref: 1323. Male.

  • Place of Birth: Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Physician, Chemist, Botanist.
  • Appointments Held: Physician 1775-86 in Edinburgh; Professor 1786-1819, Medicine and Botany, Edinburgh University and Keeper of Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Physician 1791, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; King's Botanist in Scotland 1786-.
  • Schools and Tutors: Mundell's School, Edinburgh.
  • Undergraduate Studies: MA (Edinburgh).
  • Postgraduate Studies: MD (Edinburgh 1772).
  • Marital Status: Married (1786) Harriet Mitchelson of Middleton.
  • Mother: Anne Mackay.
  • Father: Professor John Rutherford 1695-1779.
  • Other Family: Uncle of Sir Walter Scott FRSE 1771-1832.
  • References: DNB 50, 1897, 5-6; Edin. Phil. J. 3, 1820, 183; Anderson 3; Shapin 410; S Devlin-Thorp Scotland's Cultural Heritage 1, 1981.
  • Memberships: FRCPE (1777,President 1796-8), FLS (1796), FSA(Scot), Harveian Society (President 1787).
  • Date of Election: 17/11/1783.
  • Proposers: Founder Member.
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1789-96, Councillor (Physical) 1812-15.
  • Edinburgh Philosophical Society: Residential.
  • Notes: Recognised nitrogen as a constituent of the atmosphere.
  • 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 812

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Professor Daniel Rutherford's Timeline

1749
November 3, 1749
Edinburgh, Scotland
1788
November 13, 1788
Age 39
1819
December 15, 1819
Age 70
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