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Presidents of the Royal Society


57 People in sitter grouping:

The Royal Society was established in 1660 by a group including Sir Christopher Wren, as 'a Colledge for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning'. It gained approval from Charles II and acquired a Royal Charter in 1662. The President is elected by the society's council, presides over meetings and is chairman of the Trustees. Initially there was no limit on the time a president could serve. Since 1870, it has been tradition for the President to serve for a 5 year period. In a backlash against the election of wealthy amateurs to position of President, the decision was made in 1847 to elect the President based solely on their scientific credentials.

Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton

Spencer Joshua Alwyne Compton, 2nd Marquess of Northampton

1790-1851
President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 5 portraits
George Porter, Baron Porter

George Porter, Baron Porter

1920-2002
Chemist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir John Pringle, Bt

Sir John Pringle, Bt

1707-1782
Physician
Sitter in 1 portrait
John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh

John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh

1842-1919
Experimental and mathematical physicist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Robert Robinson

Sir Robert Robinson

1886-1975
Organic chemist
Sitter in 8 portraits
William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

1800-1867
Astronomer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Edward Sabine

Sir Edward Sabine

1788-1883
Army officer and physicist; President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir Robert Southwell

Sir Robert Southwell

1635-1702
Diplomat; secretary of state for Ireland; President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Spottiswoode

William Spottiswoode

1825-1883
Mathematician and physicist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Bt

Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Bt

1819-1903
Mathematician and physicist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex

1773-1843
Son of King George III
Sitter associated with 35 portraits
Sir Joseph John Thomson

Sir Joseph John Thomson

1856-1940
Physicist
Sitter in 16 portraits
Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd

Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd

1907-1997
Chemist
Sitter in 22 portraits
William Hyde Wollaston

William Hyde Wollaston

1766-1828
Physiologist, chemist and physicist
Sitter in 8 portraits
John Wrottesley, 2nd Baron Wrottesley

John Wrottesley, 2nd Baron Wrottesley

1798-1867
Landowner and astronomer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Cyril Wyche

Sir Cyril Wyche

1632?-1707
Statesman, scientist and politician; MP for Callington, East Grinstead, Saltash and Preston
Sitter in 1 portrait

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