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Professor John Stevelly (1795–1868)

Photo credit: Queen's University Belfast

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John Stevelly, professor of natural philosophy at Queen's College (1849–1867), was born in Cork and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1823 he was appointed professor of natural philosophy at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, a position he retained until taking up the post at Queen's College. An energetic member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, he was secretary of the mathematics and physics section of the Association (1837–1864). He was also an active member of the BNHPS and gave numerous lectures to the society during his lengthy involvement with it.

The portrait, which is half length and shows the sitter looking to his right, has considerable merit.

Queen's University Belfast



Professor John Stevelly (1795–1868)


oil on canvas


H 90 x W 77 cm

Accession number

QUB 80

Acquisition method

gift, 1897

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