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us: Adams, George, 1750-1795



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    • found: His An essay on electricity, 1787: t.p. (George Adams)
    • found: His An essay on the use of celestial and terrestrial globes, 1800: t.p. (the late George Adams, mathematical instrument maker to his majesty, and optician to the Prince of Wales)
    • found: Millburn, John R. Adams of Fleet Street, instrument makers to King George III, 2000: p. 159, etc. (George Adams junior; apprenticed in Feb. 1765 to his father, George Adams (1709-1772), mathematical instrument maker; assumed the business after his father's death in 1772 and also became instrument maker to George III; named optician to the Prince of Wales, 1787; author of scientific essays and lectures; publisher; rather than reprint his father's treatise on globes (fifth ed. pub. 1782), he completely rewrote the book and published the resultant volume in 1789 as Astronomical and geographical essays; b. London, 1750; d. Southampton, Friday, 14 Aug. 1795, a few weeks after his forty-fifth birthday)
    • found: DNB (Adams, George, 1750-1795; succeeded his father, George Adams (1709-1772) in the office of instrument maker to George III and in his business, and was in turn succeeded by his brother Dudley Adams; author of many elementary scientific works; wrote on the subject of mathematical instruments; author of Essay on electricity (1784); Essay on the microscope (1787); Essay on vision (1789); Astronomical and geographical essays (1789); Short dissertation on the barometer (1790); Geometrical and graphical essays (1790), and Lectures on natural and experimental philosophy (1794))
    • found: MWA/NAIP files, Sept. 17, 2013 (hdg.: Adams, George, 1750-1795; note: sometimes his An essay on the use of celestial and terrestrial globes (Philadelphia, 1800) is attributed to his father George Adams (1709-1772), but the title page identifies the author as "the late George Adams, mathematical instrument maker to His Majesty, and optician to the Prince of Wales," and the text includes references to "my father's globes" and to the "many editions of my father's treatise on their use," indicating that the author of the essay is in fact the son, who, like his father, served as instrument maker to the King, but unlike his father also held the additional position of optician to the Prince of Wales)
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    • [Not to be confused with his father, George Adams (1709-1772), who preceded him as mathematical instrument maker to George III.]
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