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T. F. Henderson

revised by H. K. Higton

Bailey, John (bap. 1751, d. 1819), mathematician and land surveyor, was born at Blades Field, near Bowes, Yorkshire, and baptized there on 11 July 1751, the son of William Bailey. At an early age he showed strong artistic tendencies, and while employed as tutor to the children of his uncle, ...

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Cocker, Edward (1631/2–1676), calligrapher and arithmetician, is sometimes said to have come from Northamptonshire but this is unsubstantiated. Nothing is known of his parentage and early life. He published five copybooks in 1657; one, The Pen's Triumph, mentions an earlier Pen's Experience, now untraced, as his first work. By 1657 he was married, and teaching writing and arithmetic in ...

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James Dallas

revised by Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Dallas, Elmslie William (1809–1879), painter and mathematician, the second son of William Dallas and his wife, Sarah Day, and a descendant of Alexander Dallas of Cantray, Inverness-shire was born in London on 27 June 1809. He became a student at the Royal Academy Schools...

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson [Lewis Carroll] (1832–1898) by unknown photographer, c. 1856–60 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge [pseud. Lewis Carroll] (1832–1898), author, mathematician, and photographer, was born at Daresbury parsonage, Cheshire, on 27 January 1832, the eldest son and third of eleven children of Charles Dodgson (1800–1868), curate of the parish, later rector of Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire...

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Leybourn, William (1626–1716), mathematician and land surveyor, started his career as a bookseller and printer; his address from 1645 was Monkswell Street, Cripplegate. From about 1651 he was in partnership with Robert Leybourn, possibly a brother. Together they printed scientific and mathematical books until 1665. In the following year ...

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Malton, Thomas, the elder (1726–1801), architectural draughtsman and writer on geometry, began his career as an upholsterer in the Strand, London. He exhibited two drawings of St Martin's Church with the Free Society of Artists in 1761 and others with the Society of Artists...

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), by R. B. Kitaj, 1987

Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art / Bridgeman Images; © R.B. Kitaj Estate, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), statistician, college head, and public servant, was born on 24 November 1922 in Berlin, the younger son of Ernst (Ernest) Moser (1885–1957), a successful and distinguished Jewish banker, and his wife, Lotte, née...

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Peter Nicholson (1765–1844) by James Green, c. 1816 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nicholson, Peter (1765–1844), architectural writer and mathematician, was born at Prestonkirk, Haddingtonshire, close to Edinburgh, on 20 July 1765, the third of nine children. His parents were George Nicholson (1733–1832), a stonemason, and Margaret Hastie.

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Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723) by Edward Pierce, c. 1673 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Wren, Sir Christopher (1632–1723), architect, mathematician, and astronomer, was born at East Knoyle, Wiltshire, on 20 October 1632, the only surviving son of Christopher Wren DD (1589–1658), at that time rector of East Knoyle and later dean of Windsor, and his wife, Mary...