George Atwood died in Westminster in July 1807. He was educated at Westminster School and then Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated with a BA as Third Wrangler and first Smith's prizeman in 1769, and then with an MA in 1772. He became a Fellow and tutor of the college where he was noted for his experimental demonstrations and lecturing style. He published his lectures in A Description of the Experiments in 1776 and was made an FRS in the same year. This work, which is not distinguished for its writing, contains lectures on electricity, mechanics and optics. He left Cambridge in 1784 to take up a government appointment as patent searcher, a sinecure found for him by William Pitt (1759–1806) which allowed him much time for research.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.