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Whiteside, John, 1680-1729 (museum curator and experimental philosopher)



  • Existence: 1680 - 1729


John Whiteside (1680-1729), son of George Whiteside of Kirkham, Lancaster, entered Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1696 (B.A., 1700; M.A., 1704). He was chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford, and Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum from 1714 until his death. He was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1718. Whiteside died on 12 October 1729.

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John Whiteside: Philosophical Lectures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6301
Scope and Contents 'A Course of Philosophical Lectures by Tho. Whiteside A.M', 183 folios. The lectures are on mechanics. No Thomas Whiteside appears among the published lists of graduates of any university in the British Isles. This is evidently a mistake for John Whiteside (i.e. Tho. for Jho), who was giving such lectures in the early 18th century (see R.T. Gunther, Early science in Oxford, Vol. I). On fo. 1: 'Jno. Browne'. On the front cover are the words 'Mr. Browne', and on the back cover what appears to...
Dates: c.1710
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