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GROVE , Sir WILLIAM ROBERT ( 1811 - 1896 ), scientist and lawyer ;

b. 11 July 1811 at Swansea , son of John Grove and Anne (formerly Bevan ) . He entered Brasenose College , Oxford , and graduated B.A. 1832 , M.A. 1835 . The degree of D.C.L. was conferred upon him in 1875 , and that of LL.D., Cambridge , in 1879 . In Nov. 1831 he entered Lincoln's Inn , being called to the Bar in Nov. 1835 . His natural bent was towards science, and he won considerable repute for his scientific researches . He became a member of the Royal Institution , 1835 , a vice-president of that body, 1844 ; and was elected F.R.S. in 1840 . From 1840 to 1847 he held a chair of experimental philosophy in the London Institution . The Royal Society awarded him its medal in 1847 . In 1853 he took silk and for some years he worked on the South Wales and Chester circuits . Between 1871 and 1887 he served as a judge ; he was knighted in 1872 . On his retirement he was made a member of the Privy Council , Nov. 1887 . His wife, May Emma Maria , daughter of John Diston Powles , of Summit House , Middlesex , whom he m. in 1837 , predeceased him in 1879 . He himself d. in London 1 Aug. 1896 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Supp.

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Corrections and additions:

GROVE , Sir WILLIAM ROBERT ( DWB , 310).

See further Colin Matheson , Glam. Hist. , 9 ( 1973 ), 96-104.

Author:

Published date: 1959