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Royal Institution of Great Britain

Bence Jones, Henry (1813-1873)


Reference code(s): GB 0116 Henry Bence Jones Collection

Held at: Royal Institution of Great Britain

Title: Bence Jones, Henry (1813-1873)

Date(s): 1803-1873

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 0.07 metres

Name of creator(s): Bence Jones, Henry, 1814-1873. Physician.


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Bence Jones was born the son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Jones and Matilda Bence in 1814. He attended Harrow School and then Trinity College Cambridge gaining a BA in 1836 and a MD in 1849. He undertook medical studies at St George's Hospital and became a physician there from 1846 to 1872. He studied chemistry under Thomas Graham at the University College, London, and in 1841 he went to Giessen, Germany to study under Justus Liebig. In 1842 he became licentiate to the Royal College of Physicians and was a Fellow in 1849. He married Lady Millicent Acheson. In 1846 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He studied the aspects of chemistry in pathology and medicine, and gave a course of lectures in `Animal Chemistry in its application to Stomach and Renal Diseases'. He became Secretary of the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI) in 1860, a position he held until 1873. In 1868 he gave the `Croonian lectures on matter and force'. He was a friend and biographer of Michael Faraday (1791-1867). He published a book on Animal Electricity in 1852. He died in 1873.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Henry Bence Jones, 1803-1873, including correspondence to and from various recipients, relating to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, in particular its lectures (CG4/1&2).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the scope and content field, though the final arrangement will be compiled in a detailed catalogue of the Royal Institution of Great Britain collection, to be prepared.

Conditions governing access:

Access to bona fide researchers by appointment with the Keeper of the Collections or the Assistant Archivist, the Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI).

Conditions governing reproduction:

Reproduction of material is permitted at the discretion of the Keeper of the Collections, RI.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Card index at the RI.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Accumulated by the RI during the course of business.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Royal Institution of Great Britain holds related material in CG1f; Le1/1; JB1/1; RI 5/2/2-3; N5/10/7; there is also a portrait of Henry Bence Jones by George Richmond.

Other papers of Henry Bence Jones are located at: Cambridge University Library Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: card index at the RI, a detailed catalogue is to be prepared. Other useful published sources on Henry Bence Jones: Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 1973, 28: 31-56. Description compiled by Miss Ivone Martins, Assistant Archivist, RI.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2001

Surgery | Medical sciences

Personal names
Jones | Henry | Bence | 1813-1873 | physician x Bence Jones | Henry

Corporate names
Royal Institution of Great Britain

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