John Walsh (scientist)


John Walsh (scientist)

John Walsh (1 July 1726 - 9 March, 1795) was a British scientist and Secretary to the Governor of Bengal.

John was son of Joseph Walsh, Governor of Fort St. George and cousin to Nevil Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal, and his sister, the wife of Lord Clive.

He entered the British East India Company at a young age and eventually became Clive's private secretary. Upon his return to England, he settled at Warfield Park, near Bracknell in Berkshire. His interests were scientific and he was the first person to make accurate experiments on the torpedo fish. He was awarded the Copley Medal in 1773 for a paper on their electrical properties.

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* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/jwalsh.html Royal Berkshire History: John Walsh]


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