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Finding old memoirs
Obituaries of Royal Society Fellows have been published since 1830 in various formats. The following links may be useful for readers trying to find obituaries. This blog post also contains some more information.
1830 – 1860: Search http://rspl.royalsocietypublishing.org/search using the term ‘[Address Delivered before the Royal Society]’.
1860 - 1904: Search http://rspl.royalsocietypublishing.org/search using the term ‘Obituary’.
1900 – 1904: Volume 75 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London includes the collected Obituaries of Fellows who died between 1900 and 1904.
There is a very useful index for 1860-1899: ‘General Index to the Obituary Notices of Fellows Deceased Contained in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. Vols. X to LXIV, 1860-1899’.
1932 – 1955 (Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society) and 1955 – present (Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society) are available on this website using the search functionality. We recommend using the ‘Advanced Search’ and entering the Fellow’s name in the ‘Title’ box. You can also browse all content in our archive.
This index lists where obituaries from 1932-1980 can be found: ‘Subject Index to Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society Volume 1-9 (1932-1954) and Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society Volumes 1-26 (1955-1980)’.
Due to the complexity of the archive, we cannot guarantee that these search terms will find everything. If you need help finding some specific information please contact the library team.
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