Robert Dick

Biography of Robert Dick

Robert Dick was a tutor to the Master of Belhaven until October 1714, when he was elected a regent at the University. He was appointed to the new Chair of Natural Philosophy in 1721 after the abolition of the office of regent.

In 1749 the University purchased aparatus for Dick to enable him to carry out "electrical experiments", and he is reported to have been very interested in telescopes. His son, Robert Dick Jnr, succeeded him as Professor in 1751.


Robert Dick
Natural Philosopher

Died 1751.
University Link: Professor, Regent
Occupation categories: natural philosophers
Additional Information: Coutts, James, A History of the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1909)
Record last updated: 17th Jul 2008

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  • Regent

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