Gresham Professor of Geometry

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The Professor of Geometry at Gresham College
Gresham College
Gresham College is an institution of higher learning located at Barnard's Inn Hall off Holborn in central London, England. It was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham and today it hosts over 140 free public lectures every year within the City of London.-History:Sir Thomas Gresham,...

, London, gives free educational lectures to the general public. The college was founded for this purpose in 1596 / 7, when it appointed seven professors; this has since increased to eight and in addition the college now has visiting professors.

The Professor of Geometry is always appointed by the City of London Corporation.

(Years given as, say, 1596 / 7 refer to Old Style and New Style dates
Old Style and New Style dates
Old Style and New Style are used in English language historical studies either to indicate that the start of the Julian year has been adjusted to start on 1 January even though documents written at the time use a different start of year ; or to indicate that a date conforms to the Julian...

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1 Henry Briggs
Henry Briggs (mathematician)
Henry Briggs was an English mathematician notable for changing the original logarithms invented by John Napier into common logarithms, which are sometimes known as Briggsian logarithms in his honour....

 
March 1596 / 97
2 Peter Turner  25 July 1620
3 John Greaves
John Greaves
John Greaves was an English mathematician, astronomer and antiquary.-Life:He was born in Colemore, near Alresford, Hampshire. He was the eldest son of John Greaves, rector of Colemore, and Sarah Greaves...

 
22 Feb 1630 / 31
4 Ralph Button
Ralph Button
Ralph Button was an English academic and clergyman, Gresham Professor of Geometry, canon of Christ Church, Oxford under the Commonwealth, and later a nonconformist schoolmaster.-Life:...

 
15 Nov 1643
5 Daniel Whistler
Daniel Whistler
-Life:The son of William Whistler of Elvington, Oxfordshire, he was born at Walthamstow in Essex in 1619. He was educated at the school of Thame, Oxfordshire, and entered Merton College, Oxford, in January 1639. He graduated B.A. in 1642. On 8 August 1642 he began the study of physic at the...

 
13 June 1648
6 Laurence Rooke  7 August 1657
7 Isaac Barrow
Isaac Barrow
Isaac Barrow was an English Christian theologian, and mathematician who is generally given credit for his early role in the development of infinitesimal calculus; in particular, for the discovery of the fundamental theorem of calculus. His work centered on the properties of the tangent; Barrow was...

 
16 July 1662
8 Arthur Dacres
Arthur Dacres
Arthur Dacres was an English physician and academic, briefly Gresham Professor of Geometry.-Life:He was sixth son of Sir Thomas Dacres, knight, of Cheshunt, and was born in that parish, where he was baptised on 18 April 1624. He entered Magdalene College, Cambridge, in December 1642, and graduated...

 
20 May 1664
9 Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke
Robert Hooke FRS was an English natural philosopher, architect and polymath.His adult life comprised three distinct periods: as a scientific inquirer lacking money; achieving great wealth and standing through his reputation for hard work and scrupulous honesty following the great fire of 1666, but...

 
20 March 1664 / 5
10 Andrew Tooke
Andrew Tooke
Andrew Tooke was an English scholar, headmaster of Charterhouse School, Gresham Professor of Geometry, Fellow of the Royal Society and translator of Tooke's Pantheon, a standard textbook for a century on Greek mythology.-Life:...

 
5 July 1704
11 Thomas Tomlinson 3 July 1729
12 George Newland 27 Jan 1731 / 2
13 William Roman 28 Nov 1749
14 Wilfred Clarke 28 August 1759
15 S Kittleby 5 March 1765
16 Samuel Birch 5 July 1808
17 Robert Pitt Edkins 22 July 1848
18 Benjamin Morgan Cowie 18 Dec 1854
19 Karl Pearson
Karl Pearson
Karl Pearson FRS was an influential English mathematician who has been credited for establishing the disciplineof mathematical statistics....

 
15 Dec 1890
20 William Henry Wagstaff 13 June 1894
1939–45 Lectures in abeyance
21 Louis Melville Milne-Thomson
L. M. Milne-Thomson
Louis Melville Milne-Thomson, CBE was an English applied mathematician who wrote several classic textbooks on applied mathematics, including The Calculus of Finite Differences, Theoretical Hydrodynamics, and Theoretical Aerodynamics. He is also known for developing several mathematical tables such...

 
29 May 1946
22 Thomas A A Broadbent 1956
23 Sir Bryan Thwaites 1969
24 Clive W. Kilmister
Clive W. Kilmister
Clive W. Kilmister was a British applied mathematician who specialized in the mathematical foundations of physics, especially quantum mechanics and relativity. He was one of the discoverers of the combinatorial hierarchy, along with A. F. Parker-Rhodes and E. W. Bastin...

 
1972
25 Sir Christopher Zeeman  1988
26 Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart (mathematician)
Ian Nicholas Stewart FRS is a professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, England, and a widely known popular-science and science-fiction writer. He is the first recipient of the , awarded jointly by the LMS and the IMA for his work on promoting mathematics.-Biography:Stewart was born...

 
1994
27 Sir Roger Penrose
Roger Penrose
Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is an English mathematical physicist and Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College...

 FRS
1 Sept 1998
28 Harold Thimbleby
Harold Thimbleby
Harold W. Thimbleby is a British professor of computer science at Swansea University, Wales. He is known for his works on user interface design within the realm of human computer interaction.- Overview :...

 
1 Sept 2001
29 Robin Wilson
Robin Wilson (mathematician)
Robin James Wilson is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford and, , Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, where he has also been a visiting professor...

 
1 Sept 2004
30 John D. Barrow
John D. Barrow
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1 Sept 2008

External links

  • '400 Years of Geometry at Gresham College', lecture by Robin Wilson
    Robin Wilson (mathematician)
    Robin James Wilson is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford and, , Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, where he has also been a visiting professor...

     at Gresham College
    Gresham College
    Gresham College is an institution of higher learning located at Barnard's Inn Hall off Holborn in central London, England. It was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham and today it hosts over 140 free public lectures every year within the City of London.-History:Sir Thomas Gresham,...

    , 14 May 2008 (available for download as PDF, audio and video files)