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Frederick Bird

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Frederick Bird (1816-1876) FRAS

c.1816 Born in Abingdon[1], son of John Bird (1780-1846), lecturer in astronomy

Brother of Alfred Bird (1811-1878)

Developed unique new processes for polishing telescope mirrors

By 1842 was a lecturer in London, of Charlotte Street, Pimlico, when he married Martha Randall; his father was recorded as a lecturer in astronomy[2]

Presumably moved to Birmingham to work for his brother Alfred.

1851 A chemist's assistant living in 15 Worcester Street, Birmingham[3] (NB In 1853 his brother Alfred gave the same address on his patent application[4])

c.1854 Became secretary and registrar of the Birmingham General Cemetery Co[5], [6].

c1866 Developed a Clepsydra, a device for driving an astronomical telescope in a slow steady motion[7].

1876 Died in Birmingham. One of his executors was Charles Bird, chemist[8].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851, 61. 71 censuses
  2. 1842 marriage register
  3. 1851 census
  4. London Gazette 31 May 1853
  5. Kelly's directories 1854
  6. The Times July 20, 1863
  7. 1866 The Intellectual Observer; Review of Natural History, Microscopic Research, and Recreative Science Volume 8
  8. national probate calendar
  • Biography of Alfred Bird, ODNB