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Authorised form of nameCollins; John (1625 - 1683); Mathematician
SurnameCollins
ForenamesJohn
Dates1625 - 1683
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Wood Eaton, Oxfordshire, England (05 March 1625)
Death:
His lodging on Garlick Hill, London (10 November 1683)
Burial:
Parish church of St James, London
ActivityProfession:
Civil servant
Sailor
Research Field:
Algebra; Arithmetic
Career:
Apprenticed to Thomas Allam, bookseller, of Oxford; Clerk employed by John Marr, clerk to the Kitchen of the Prince of Wales; served on an English merchant ship used by the Venetians as a warship in the defence of Crete from the Turks (1642-1649); Teacher of mathematics in London (1649-1660); Accountant to the Excise Office; Accountant in Chancery; Secretary to the Council of Plantations; Manager of the Farthing Office (1672); Accountant to the Royal Fishery Company; died of asthma and consumption contracted during a ride from Oxford to Malmesbury
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
17/10/1667
Proposers:
Seth Ward
RelationshipsSon of a Nonconformist divine; married a daughter of William Austen, head cook to Charles II
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Hunter
References:
Sir Alan Cook, 'The 350th Anniversary of the Birth of G W Leibniz, FRS' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 153-163
A Rupert Hall, 'John Collins on Newton's Telescope' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 71-78
G J Whitrow, 'Newton's Role in the History of Mathematics' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 71-92
A N L Munby, 'The Distribution of the First Edition of Newton's Principia' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 28-39
R Lewis, 'The publication of John Wilkins's Essay (1668): some contextual considerations' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp133-146
N Malcolm, 'An unpublished letter from Henry Oldenburg to Johann Heinrich Rahn' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 249 - 266
P Quarrie 'The Scientific library of the earls of Macclesfield' in NR 2006 vol 60 pp 5-25
Royal Society codeNA2898
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/F1/107Extract of letter from John Flamsteed to John Collins25 November 1674
EL/F1/84Extract of a letter from John Flamsteed to John Collins18 March 1671
EL/N1/45Extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins 1672
EL/F1/99John Flamsteed, dated at Derby, to John Collins12 July 1673
EL/F1/83John Flamsteed, dated at Derby, to John Collins18 March 1671
EL/F1/108Extract of letter from John Flamsteed to John Collins14 December 1674
RBO/3/71'A Demonstration Of the Rule for finding the Year of the Julian Period' brought in by John Collins19 December 1667
EL/N1/43Extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins (2)1672
EL/N1/46Isaac Newton, dated at Cambridge, to John Collins9 April 1672
EL/T/45George Tollet, dated at London, to John Collins19 August 1675
EL/T/25Richard Towneley, dated at Towneley, to John Collins29 January 1672
MM/6/86Letter from John Collins to John Wallis14 February 1676
CLP/24/10Paper, concerning the work of Isaac Barrow by John Collins17th century
CLP/16/8Demonstration of the rule for finding the year of the Julian period brought in by John Collins12 December 1667
CLP/24/7Paper, 'Concerning arithmetical progression' by John Collins17th century
RBO/4/26Solution by John Collins of a chorographical problem proposed by Richard Towneley1670
CLP/24/13Paper, 'Discourse to prove that the roots of all equations might be calculated by the aid of tables' by John Collinsc.17th century
CLP/24Classified papers: volume 24, papers of John Collins, Henry Oldenburg, Robert Hooke, mathematics17th century
CLP/24/21Letter, Discourse with mathematical rules from Mr [Isaac] Barrow to John Collins28 March 1668
CLP/24/21/1Letter, Discourse with mathematical rules from Mr [Isaac] Barrow to John Collins28 March 1668
CLP/24/20Memorandum, On the books to be mentioned to Renatus Slusius by John Collinsc.20 February 1672
LBO/7/51Copy extract of a letter from John Wallis, Oxford, to John Collins24 August 1674
LBO/6/27Copy letter from Isaac Newton, Cambridge, to John Collins9 April 1673
LBO/7/129Copy letter from George Follet, Dublin, to John Collins29 August 1675
LBO/5/44Copy extract of a letter from Richard Townley to John Collins29 January 1671/1672
LBO/18/44Copy etter from Hugh Stackhouse to John Collins20 August 1724
CLP/24/20/2Diagram, by John Collinsc.20 February 1672
CLP/24/39Summary, An account of Stefano degli Angeli's book 'De Infinitis Spiralibus' and of Michaelis Angeli Ricci's book 'Exercitatio Geometrixa: De Maximis et Minimis' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/23Paper, 'Guaging [gauging] Promoted', an appendix to 'Stereometricall Propositions' by John Collins1669
CLP/24/28Paper, 'A solution to a geometric problem' by John Collins17th century
EL/N1/42Continuation of an extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins (3)nd
CLP/24/29Paper, 'Solutions to certain geometrical problems' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/30Paper, An account of Renatus Franciscus Slusius' book 'Duae Mediae Proportionales inter extremas datas per circulum et per infinitas hyperbolas vel ellipses' by John Collins1668
NLB/61/67Copy letter from Frederick Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to S. B. Gaythorpe Esquire; Prospect Road, Barrow-in-Furness5 May 1921
CLP/24/33Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg [Secretary of the Royal Society]17th century
CLP/24/8Paper, 'Concerning the controversy between Monsieur Huygens and James Gregory' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/31Paper, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/9Paper, 'Andreae Tacquet et Societate Jesu Opera mathematica (Posthuma) [Andre Tacquet and the Society of Jesus mathematical works (posthumus)]' by John Collins17th century
CLP/25/114Paper, 'Of the Fishery and of an Excise upon salt' by John Collins [c.1682]
CLP/24/31/3Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/29/1Paper, 'Solutions to certain geometrical problems' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/17/3Diagram, by John Collinsc.15 March 1670
CLP/24/6Paper, Description of the double horizontal dial presented to the Royal Society by John Collins[7 November 1667]
CLP/24/17Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburgc.15 March 1670
CLP/24/18Paper, Concerning arithmetical progression resolved by John Collinsc.17th century
CLP/24/35Paper, 'An account of Michael Davy's "Guaging Epitomized"' by John Collins1674
CLP/24/20/1Memorandum, On the books to be mentioned to Renatus Slusius by John Collinsc.20 February 1672
CLP/24/40Letter, from John Collins to Thomas Strode16 July 1672
CLP/24/17/1Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburgc.15 March 1670
CLP/24/21/3Diagram, by Isaac Barrow28 March 1668
CLP/24/25Paper, Isaac Barrow's paper concerning 'Gregory's Problem' as considered by John Collinsc.17th century
CLP/24/11/4Diagram, The Parisian problem by John CollinsDecember 1667/January 1668
CLP/6/21Paper, 'A narrative of the making of salt in Cheshire' c1667
CLP/24/11/3Diagram, The Parisian problem by John CollinsDecember 1667/January 1668
CLP/24/21/2Diagram, by Isaac Barrow28 March 1668
CLP/24/24Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg1660
CLP/24/38/1Paper, A solution to a geometric problem by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/38Paper, A solution to a geometric problem by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/31/6Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/36Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburgc.12 September 1669
CLP/24/36/1Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburgc.12 September 1669
CLP/24/38/2Diagram, A solution to a geometric problem by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/22Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg, Secretary of the Royal Society1666
CLP/24/1Letter, 'Introduction to algebra translated out of the High Dutch into English by Thomas Brancker...' from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg14 May 1668
CLP/24/31/4Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/17/4Diagram, by John Collinsc.15 March 1670
CLP/24/17/6Diagram, by John Collinsc.15 March 1670
CLP/24/17/5Diagram, by John Collinsc.15 March 1670
CLP/24/37/1Paper, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins]17th century
CLP/24/24/1Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg1660
CLP/24/15Letter, from John Collins to Renatus Slusiusc.17th century
CLP/24/26/1Paper, 'The Answer of John Collins to a Paper of Mr. Hobbs - endeavouring to invalidate the doctrine of Dr. Wallis in his Arithmetica Infinitorum' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/26Paper, 'The Answer of John Collins to a Paper of Mr. Hobbs - endeavouring to invalidate the doctrine of Dr. Wallis in his Arithmetica Infinitorum' by John Collins17th century
CLP/6/25List, 'Writers of the weights of mettals and liquors' by Mr [John] Collins7 July 1670
CLP/22i/3/2Diagram, Method of finding the length of an arc of a circle1669
EL/F1/81Copy of a letter from John Flamsteed, dated at Derby, to John Collins1 January 1672
EL/N1/44Extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins (1)1672
CLP/24/31/1Paper, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/32List, 'An Inquisition after some Bookes for the Presse' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/34Extracts, From Vincent Leotaud's book 'The centre of gravitie of an arch' copied out by John Collins1663
CLP/24/31/2Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/26/2Diagram, 'The Answer of John Collins to a Paper of Mr. Hobbs - endeavouring to invalidate the doctrine of Dr. Wallis in his Arithmetica Infinitorum' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/37Paper, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins]17th century
CLP/24/37/2Diagram, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins]17th century
CLP/24/31/5Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/24/2Diagram, by John Collins 1660
CLP/24/37/3Diagram, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins]17th century
CLP/24/29/2Diagram, 'Solutions to certain geometrical problems' by John Collins17th century
CLP/24/36/2Diagram, by John Collinsc.12 September 1669
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