On This Day

Deaths in History in 1761

  • Jan 4 Stephen Hales, English physiologist, chemist and inventor (first person to measure blood pressure), dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Edward Boscawen, British admiral in the Royal Navy, dies at 49
  • Feb 1 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince and historian, dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Théodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler, dies at 38
  • Apr 9 William Law, British minister and theologian (b. 1686)
  • Apr 15 Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician, dies at 78
  • Apr 15 William Oldys, English antiquarian & bibliographer, dies at b64
  • Apr 17 Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
  • May 14 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rule of Simpson), dies at 50
  • May 15 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), dies at 56
  • Jun 2 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)
  • Jul 4 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), dies at 71
  • Jul 13 Tokugawa Ieshige, Japanese shogun (b. 1712)
  • Aug 3 Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar, dies at 70
  • Aug 18 François Gaspard Adam, French sculptor (garden sculptures), dies at 51
  • Sep 8 Bernard Forest de Bélidor, French engineer (b. 1698)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Musschenbroek, Dutch mathematician and physician (Leydan jar), dies at 69
  • Nov 30 John Dollond, British optician and owner of 1st patent for achromatic lens, dies at 55
  • Dec 23 Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell, Scottish Jacobite spy