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Granville Wheler

(1701—1770) experimental philosopher


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Granville Wheler was born at Otterden, near Charing, Kent, in August 1701 and died there in May 1770. He was the third son of Sir George Wheler, a celebrated man of letters and traveller. Granville was a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, 1722–4, then rector of Leek and prebendary of Southwell in Nottinghamshire. He was elected FRS in 1728. He was a wealthy amateur who lived at Otterden Place and was assistant to Stephen Gray, many of whose electrical experiments they conducted together at Wheler's home where there was ample space for them.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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