- R. E. Anderson
- , revised by Adrian Rice
Hellins, John (d. 1827), mathematician and astronomer, was born in or near North Tawton, Devon, into a poor family. His father worked as a labourer at Ashreigney, near Chulmleigh. Hellins was bound as a parish apprentice to a cooper at Chulmleigh and worked at that trade until he was about twenty, during which time he taught himself elementary mathematics. He then became master of a small school at ...