Famous Deaths in 1840

  • Jan 6 Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist (b. 1752)
  • Jan 22 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (b. 1752)
  • Mar 2 Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (comets & asteroids), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Friedrich Westenholz, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 22 √Čtienne Bobillier, French mathematician (b. 1798)
  • Mar 23 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician, dies at 89
  • Mar 30 George (Beau) Brummell, Dandy, dies
  • Apr 19 Jean-Jacques Lartigue, Roman catholic bishop of Montreal (b. 1777)
  • Apr 25 Sim√©on-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (b. 1781)
  • May 5 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, composer, dies at 67
  • May 5 Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
  • May 6 Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian president and independence leader (b. 1792)
  • May 7 Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
  • May 26 Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)
  • May 27 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • May 30 Dominique J de Eerens, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 59
  • Jun 6 Marcellin Champagnat, French priest (b. 1789)
  • Jun 7 Frederik Willem III, King of Prussia (1797-1840), dies at 69
  • Jun 19 John Cockerill, English/Belgian industrial/orangist, dies at 50
  • Jun 25 Leopold count of Limburg Stirum, Dutch general/politician, dies at 82
  • Jun 29 Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino/Musignano, dies at 65

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Jul 4 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53

  • Jul 22 Josef Jawurek, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Frantisek Max Knize, composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 18 Antony CW Staring, Dutch patriot/poet (Jaromir), dies at 73
  • Aug 24 Joseph Waast Aubert Nonot, composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 25 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, dies at 44
  • Aug 27 William Kneass, 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40), dies in office
  • Sep 8 John H van de Palm, theologist/literature/speaker, dies at 77
  • Sep 15 Franz Xaver Pechacek, composer, dies at 47
  • Sep 25 Jacques-Etienne-Joseph-Alexandre Macdonald, Duc de Tarente, soldier
  • Nov 24 Cornelis RT Krayenhoff, fortress architect/cartographer, dies at 82
  • Dec 11 Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)