Francesco Corner

Other name: 
visitor and correspondent
Death or Burial date: 
January 1, 1734

Francesco Cornaro or Corner was the Venetian Ambassador in London from 1705 to 1709. He was elected a member of the Royal Society on November 30, 1708.

Leeuwenhoek addressed letter 260 to him on December 18, 1705, shortly after Corner had finished a two-month stay in den Haag, during which time, he visited Leeuwenhoek in Delft and presented him with a coat of arms.

Leeuwenhoek sent a copy of that thank-you letter to the Royal Society with Letter 269 of 12 July 1707. An extract about pearls, without the thank-you, was published in Philosophical Transactions vol. 25, no. 311 (July, August and September 1707). The orginal letter to Cornaro has not survived.

In late 1705 or early 1706, Corner wrote one letter and perhaps a second to cover his gift of this coat of arms to Leeuwenhoek, which L. mentioned in Letter 267 of 17 May 1707.