Early Scientific Worthies of America

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    IN 1661, John Winthrop, son of John Winthrop the first governor of Massachusetts, visited England for the purpose of securing from Charles II. a royal charter for Connecticut, of which colony he had himself for many years held the governorship. Born in 1606, he had travelled and studied, was a capable physician, possessed a knowledge of chemistry and metallurgy, and had promoted the iron and other industries of the American colonies. Twice before he had visited England, but his third visit coinciding with the birth of the Royal Society, at a meeting of the Society in the old Gresham College in December 1661 he was chosen one of the members, and in May 1663, after the Society had secured its charter, his name was included in the list of original fellows.

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    Early Scientific Worthies of America. Nature 129, 137 (1932) doi:10.1038/129137a0

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