Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society

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Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society  
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Former name(s) Obituary Notes of Fellows of the Royal Society
Abbreviated title (ISO 4) Biogr. Mem. Fellows R. Soc.
Discipline Biography
Language English
Edited by John Trevor Stuart
Publication details
Publisher Royal Society (United Kingdom)
Publication history 1932-present
Frequency Annually
Open access Delayed, after 1 year
Indexing
ISSN 0080-4606 (print)
1748-8494 (web)
LCCN 56026605
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The Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society is an academic journal on the history of science published annually by the Royal Society. It publishes obituaries of Fellows of the Royal Society. It was established in 1932 as Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society and obtained its current title in 1955, with volume numbering restarting at 1. Prior to 1932, obituaries were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society.

The memoirs are a significant historical record and each includes a full bibliography of works by the subjects. The memoirs are often written by a scientist of the next generation, often one of the subject's own former students, or a close colleague. In many cases the author is also a Fellow. Notable biographies published in this journal include Albert Einstein,1 Alan Turing,2 Bertrand Russell,3 Claude Shannon,4 Clement Attlee,5 Ernst Mayr,6 and Erwin Schrödinger.7

Each year around 20 to 25 memoirs of deceased Fellows of the Royal Society are collated by the editor-in-chief, currently Trevor Stuart,8 who succeeded Tom Meade in 2012.9

References

  1. ^ Whittaker, E. (1955). "Albert Einstein. 1879-1955". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1: 37. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1955.0005. 
  2. ^ Newman, M. H. A. (1955). "Alan Mathison Turing. 1912-1954". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1: 253. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1955.0019. 
  3. ^ Kreisel, G. (1973). "Bertrand Arthur William Russell, Earl Russell. 1872-1970". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 19: 583. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1973.0021. 
  4. ^ James, I. (2009). "Claude Elwood Shannon 30 April 1916 -- 24 February 2001". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 55: 257. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2009.0015. 
  5. ^ Bridges, L. (1968). "Clement Richard Attlee First Earl Attlee. 1883-1967". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 14: 15. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1968.0002. 
  6. ^ Bock, W. J. (2006). "Ernst Walter Mayr. 5 July 1904 -- 3 February 2005: Elected ForMemRS 1988". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 52: 167. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2006.0013. 
  7. ^ Heitler, W. (1961). "Erwin Schrodinger. 1887-1961". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 7: 221. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1961.0017. 
  8. ^ Stuart, T. (2012). "Editorial". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 58: 1. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2012.0040. 
  9. ^ Meade, T. (2011). "Editorial". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 57: 1. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2011.0020. 







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