William Marsden

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Birthday
16, 1754
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Oct 6, 1836 (81)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
16, 1754
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Oct 6, 1836 (81)

About

Remembered as a senior member of the Royal Navy's Admiralty during the Napoleonic Wars, this Irishman also became famous as the author of A Dictionary of the Malayan Language and The History of Sumatra, both of which were written based on his experiences in Sumatra as an employee of the East India Company.

Before Fame

After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, and subsequently living and working in Benkulen, Sumatra, he earned a civil law degree from Oxford University.

Trivia

In 1783, he became a member of The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge (also known as The Royal Society).

Family Life

He grew up in County Wicklow, Ireland, as the son of a merchant father. He later married Elizabeth Wilkins and settled in London, England.

Associated With

As Secretary of the Admiralty, he was the first to receive word that Horatio Nelson had died in combat during the victorious Battle of Trafalgar.