Jesse Ramsden

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"For his various inventions and improvements in the construction of the Instruments for the Trigonometrical measurements carried on by the late Major General Roy, and by Lieut. Col. Williams and his associates" (1795, Copley Medal)

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In 1758 he apprenticed himself to a mathematical instrument-maker in Denmark Street, London, and became so good, especially in engraving, that by 1762 he was able to set up in business on his own account in a shop in the Haymarket. (Details)
His reputation grew quickly, and in either 1765 or 1766 he married Sarah Dollond, youngest daughter of the optician Dollond, receiving as a dowry a share of Dollond's patents for making achromatic lenses. (Details)
Ramsden studied mathematics and other subjects under a private tutor until 1751, when he was apprenticed to a cloth-worker in Halifax. (Details)
A major figure in the early development of instruments of precision.
scientific instruments
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jesse ramsden father-in-law was john dollond (John Dollond)
jesse ramsden client was joseph banks (Joseph Banks)
jesse ramsden commissioned by william roy (William Roy)
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chester moore hall influenced jesse ramsden (Chester Moore Hall, influenced)
josef von fraunhofer improved on work of jesse ramsden (Joseph von Fraunhofer)
john dollond daughter married jesse ramsden (John Dollond)
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