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Andrews, William (1634/5–1712/13), astrologer and teacher of mathematics, was a well-known compiler of almanacs. He spent his adult life in Essex, at Ashdown (1656), Saffron Walden (by 1660), and nearby Radwinter (from 1668), but it is not known whether he married. He studied astrology from about 1652 and composed his first almanac, for 1655, at the age of nineteen; a new edition followed every year until his death. Though he included political prophecies, he avoided controversy by taking a firmly patriotic line, predicting disasters for ...

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Barrow, John (fl. 1735–1774), teacher of mathematics and writer, is known solely through his publications. As a young man he taught mathematics and navigation to the ‘young gentlemen’ on Royal Navy ships. The status of the naval schoolmaster aboard was not high: he was for example excluded from the officers' mess, but ...

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Cheyne, James (c. 1545–1602), teacher of philosophy and mathematics, was born about 1545, the second son of John Cheyne (d. 1547), laird of Arnage in Aberdeenshire, and his wife, Janet (also known as Christian) Fraser, daughter of the laird of Durres. He was a student of grammar and philosophy at the ...

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Dunn, Samuel (bap. 1723, d. 1794), teacher of mathematics and navigation, was born in Crediton, Devon, and baptized there on 7 February 1723, the son of John (d. 1744) and Alice Dunn. Nothing is known of his own education, which gave him a competence in mathematics, but by the age of nineteen he was keeping his own school and teaching writing, accounts, navigation, and other mathematical sciences. This building was destroyed in the fire which swept through ...

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Durell, Clement Vavasor (1882–1968), mathematics teacher and textbook writer, was born on 6 June 1882 at the rectory, Fulbourn, near Cambridge, the son of John Vavasor Durell (1837–1923), rector of Fulbourn, and his wife, Ellen Annie Carlyon. Educated at Felsted School, he entered ...

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Farquharson, Henry (c. 1675–1739), teacher of mathematics and navigation in Russia, was a son of John Farquharson (d. before 1691), from a branch of the family at Milton, Whitehouse, in west Aberdeenshire. He graduated after broadly based studies as Milne bursar (1691–5) at ...

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Fletcher, Abraham (1714–1793), teacher of mathematics and medical practitioner, was born on 1 November 1714 at Little Broughton, Bridekirk, Cumberland, the eldest of seven children of Joseph Fletcher, a tobacco-pipe maker, and his wife, Elizabeth Palmer. He was largely self-educated, though he is said to have attended the village school for some months. He was intended to practise in his father's trade which, combined with some land that the family had inherited, offered a meagre income. In 1735 he married ...

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Freeman, Alexander (1838–1897), astronomer and teacher of mathematics, was born on 28 January 1838 in Blackheath, Surrey, the son of John Freeman, a chemist and druggist, and his wife, Mary Ann. From Merchant Taylors' School, London, he entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1857. He won a scholarship in 1860, graduated fifth wrangler in 1861, and gained the chancellor's legal prize and was elected a fellow in 1862. In 1864 he proceeded MA and was elected a fellow of the ...

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Gloag, James (bap. 1795, d. 1870), teacher of mathematics and educationist, was baptized on 5 October 1795 at Gretna, Dumfriesshire, the second of six children of Andrew Gloag (b. 1761), a cotton hand-loom weaver at Rigg in that parish, and his wife, ...

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Keith, Thomas (bap. 1759, d. 1824), writer on mathematics and teacher, was born at Winestead, near Patrington, the son of Thomas Keith, a labourer, and his wife, Elizabeth, and was baptized at Brandesburton, near Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, on 22 September 1759. His father died soon after....

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Marrat, William (1772–1852), topographer and teacher of mathematics, was born on 6 April 1772 at Sibsey, Lincolnshire, the son of John and Jane Marrat. Self-taught, he acquired a broad knowledge of literature and science, as well as French and German, and his writing on mechanics demonstrates a familiarity with continental mathematics....

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Thompson Cooper

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Mole, John (1744–1827), teacher of mathematics, was born at Old Newton, near Stowmarket, Suffolk, on 10 March 1744, the son of a bailiff whose name is unknown, and his wife, Sarah Martin. His mother taught him to read but he had no formal education and was employed as a worker on local farms....

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W. F. Sedgwick

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Ryley [Riley], John (1747–1815), mathematics teacher, was born on 30 November 1747 at Old-Coats, near Pudsey, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Samuel Ryley, a farmer and weaver. After a village education he worked at home as a husbandman and weaver, devoting his leisure to mathematics....

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Thurlby, Thomas (d. 1486), mathematician and teacher, came from the diocese of Durham. Educated at Oxford, he took rather a long time over his junior arts career and did not receive his MA until 1462; but in 1453 he (together with the MA ...

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Wormell, Richard (1838–1914), mathematics writer and teacher, was born on 17 September 1838 at Humberstone Gate, in Leicester, the eldest son of Robert Wormell, a slater, and his wife, Mary née Joyce. Nothing is known of his social circumstances and early education except that the journals of the mathematician ...