Biography of John "Mad Jack" Fuller

What kind of man builds his own 25-foot pyramid mausoleum twenty-three years before he dies? Was the Sugarloaf Folly really thrown together to win a wager and was it successful? When Annette Lloyd Thomas first read about John "Mad Jack" Fuller in 1999 her curiosity was piqued. After exploring his other follies at Brightling, Sussex she needed to know more about this Georgian Squire. As often is the case, researching the subject unearthed more questions than answers. How does one reconcile being a public-spirited philanthropist and owning slaves on Jamaican sugar plantations? What really happened the day Fuller as taken into custody in the House of Commons? Twenty years on, Annette is sifting through evidence to dispell myths and piece together a more accurate portrait of this larger than life character.

Fuller Family of Sussex Genealogy
Since publishing her John "Mad Jack" Fuller website, people claiming to be his direct descendants have contacted Annette. Fuller never married and had no known children, but that doesn't rule out being related in some way to the Fullers of Sussex. You can now investigate a  family tree of about 9000 people, that Annette created, to see where your branch fits in.

Fullerian Professorships of the Royal Institution
Heard the of insulin, the thesaurus, or anorexia nervosa? You can thank a Fullerian Professor. Faraday's electric motor, Dewar's thermos flask and Roget's slide rule were also created by scientists who were funded through Fuller's gifts to the Royal Institution. There are eight Nobel Prize winners in the ranks. Since the early Nineteenth Century, John "Mad Jack" Fuller's philanthropy has enabled scientists to make significant contributions. Exceptional work has been done in such diverse fields as invertebrate zoology, nanomagnetism, nutrition & food rationing, comparative psychology, and X rays. The Fullerian Professorships are arguably John Fuller's finest legacy.