# Record

Authorised form of name | Collins; John (1625 - 1683); Mathematician |

Surname | Collins |

Forenames | John |

Dates | 1625 - 1683 |

Nationality | British |

Dates and places | Birth: Wood Eaton, Oxfordshire, England (05 March 1625) Death: His lodging on Garlick Hill, London (10 November 1683) Burial: Parish church of St James, London |

Activity | Profession: 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 activity | Membership: Fellow Election Date: 17/10/1667 Proposers: Seth Ward |

Relationships | Son of a Nonconformist divine; married a daughter of William Austen, head cook to Charles II |

Sources | Sources: 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publication of John Wilkins's Essay (1668): some contextual considerations' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp133-146 N Malcolm, 'An unpublished letter from Henry Oldenburg to Johann Heinrich Rahn' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 249 - 266 P Quarrie 'The Scientific library of the earls of Macclesfield' in NR 2006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 code | NA2898 |

Archives associated with this Fellow

Reference number | Title | Date |

EL/F1/107 | Extract of letter from John Flamsteed to John Collins | 25 November 1674 |

EL/F1/84 | Extract of a letter from John Flamsteed to John Collins | 18 March 1671 |

EL/N1/45 | Extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins | 1672 |

EL/F1/99 | John Flamsteed, dated at Derby, to John Collins | 12 July 1673 |

EL/F1/83 | John Flamsteed, dated at Derby, to John Collins | 18 March 1671 |

EL/F1/108 | Extract of letter from John Flamsteed to John Collins | 14 December 1674 |

RBO/3/71 | 'A Demonstration Of the Rule for finding the Year of the Julian Period' brought in by John Collins | 19 December 1667 |

EL/N1/43 | Extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins (2) | 1672 |

EL/N1/46 | Isaac Newton, dated at Cambridge, to John Collins | 9 April 1672 |

EL/T/45 | George Tollet, dated at London, to John Collins | 19 August 1675 |

EL/T/25 | Richard Towneley, dated at Towneley, to John Collins | 29 January 1672 |

MM/6/86 | Letter from John Collins to John Wallis | 14 February 1676 |

CLP/24/10 | Paper, concerning the work of Isaac Barrow by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/16/8 | Demonstration of the rule for finding the year of the Julian period brought in by John Collins | 12 December 1667 |

CLP/24/7 | Paper, 'Concerning arithmetical progression' by John Collins | 17th century |

RBO/4/26 | Solution by John Collins of a chorographical problem proposed by Richard Towneley | 1670 |

CLP/24/13 | Paper, 'Discourse to prove that the roots of all equations might be calculated by the aid of tables' by John Collins | c.17th century |

CLP/24 | Classified papers: volume 24, papers of John Collins, Henry Oldenburg, Robert Hooke, mathematics | 17th century |

CLP/24/21 | Letter, Discourse with mathematical rules from Mr [Isaac] Barrow to John Collins | 28 March 1668 |

CLP/24/21/1 | Letter, Discourse with mathematical rules from Mr [Isaac] Barrow to John Collins | 28 March 1668 |

CLP/24/20 | Memorandum, On the books to be mentioned to Renatus Slusius by John Collins | c.20 February 1672 |

LBO/7/51 | Copy extract of a letter from John Wallis, Oxford, to John Collins | 24 August 1674 |

LBO/6/27 | Copy letter from Isaac Newton, Cambridge, to John Collins | 9 April 1673 |

LBO/7/129 | Copy letter from George Follet, Dublin, to John Collins | 29 August 1675 |

LBO/5/44 | Copy extract of a letter from Richard Townley to John Collins | 29 January 1671/1672 |

LBO/18/44 | Copy etter from Hugh Stackhouse to John Collins | 20 August 1724 |

CLP/24/20/2 | Diagram, by John Collins | c.20 February 1672 |

CLP/24/39 | Summary, 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 Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/23 | Paper, 'Guaging [gauging] Promoted', an appendix to 'Stereometricall Propositions' by John Collins | 1669 |

CLP/24/28 | Paper, 'A solution to a geometric problem' by John Collins | 17th century |

EL/N1/42 | Continuation of an extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins (3) | nd |

CLP/24/29 | Paper, 'Solutions to certain geometrical problems' by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/30 | Paper, An account of Renatus Franciscus Slusius' book 'Duae Mediae Proportionales inter extremas datas per circulum et per infinitas hyperbolas vel ellipses' by John Collins | 1668 |

NLB/61/67 | Copy letter from Frederick Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to S. B. Gaythorpe Esquire; Prospect Road, Barrow-in-Furness | 5 May 1921 |

CLP/24/33 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg [Secretary of the Royal Society] | 17th century |

CLP/24/8 | Paper, 'Concerning the controversy between Monsieur Huygens and James Gregory' by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/31 | Paper, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/9 | Paper, 'Andreae Tacquet et Societate Jesu Opera mathematica (Posthuma) [Andre Tacquet and the Society of Jesus mathematical works (posthumus)]' by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/25/114 | Paper, 'Of the Fishery and of an Excise upon salt' by John Collins | [c.1682] |

CLP/24/31/3 | Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/29/1 | Paper, 'Solutions to certain geometrical problems' by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/17/3 | Diagram, by John Collins | c.15 March 1670 |

CLP/24/6 | Paper, Description of the double horizontal dial presented to the Royal Society by John Collins | [7 November 1667] |

CLP/24/17 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | c.15 March 1670 |

CLP/24/18 | Paper, Concerning arithmetical progression resolved by John Collins | c.17th century |

CLP/24/35 | Paper, 'An account of Michael Davy's "Guaging Epitomized"' by John Collins | 1674 |

CLP/24/20/1 | Memorandum, On the books to be mentioned to Renatus Slusius by John Collins | c.20 February 1672 |

CLP/24/40 | Letter, from John Collins to Thomas Strode | 16 July 1672 |

CLP/24/17/1 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | c.15 March 1670 |

CLP/24/21/3 | Diagram, by Isaac Barrow | 28 March 1668 |

CLP/24/25 | Paper, Isaac Barrow's paper concerning 'Gregory's Problem' as considered by John Collins | c.17th century |

CLP/24/11/4 | Diagram, The Parisian problem by John Collins | December 1667/January 1668 |

CLP/6/21 | Paper, 'A narrative of the making of salt in Cheshire' | c1667 |

CLP/24/11/3 | Diagram, The Parisian problem by John Collins | December 1667/January 1668 |

CLP/24/21/2 | Diagram, by Isaac Barrow | 28 March 1668 |

CLP/24/24 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | 1660 |

CLP/24/38/1 | Paper, A solution to a geometric problem by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/38 | Paper, A solution to a geometric problem by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/31/6 | Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/36 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | c.12 September 1669 |

CLP/24/36/1 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | c.12 September 1669 |

CLP/24/38/2 | Diagram, A solution to a geometric problem by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/22 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg, Secretary of the Royal Society | 1666 |

CLP/24/1 | Letter, 'Introduction to algebra translated out of the High Dutch into English by Thomas Brancker...' from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | 14 May 1668 |

CLP/24/31/4 | Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/17/4 | Diagram, by John Collins | c.15 March 1670 |

CLP/24/17/6 | Diagram, by John Collins | c.15 March 1670 |

CLP/24/17/5 | Diagram, by John Collins | c.15 March 1670 |

CLP/24/37/1 | Paper, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins] | 17th century |

CLP/24/24/1 | Letter, from John Collins to Henry Oldenburg | 1660 |

CLP/24/15 | Letter, from John Collins to Renatus Slusius | c.17th century |

CLP/24/26/1 | Paper, '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 Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/26 | Paper, '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 Collins | 17th century |

CLP/6/25 | List, 'Writers of the weights of mettals and liquors' by Mr [John] Collins | 7 July 1670 |

CLP/22i/3/2 | Diagram, Method of finding the length of an arc of a circle | 1669 |

EL/F1/81 | Copy of a letter from John Flamsteed, dated at Derby, to John Collins | 1 January 1672 |

EL/N1/44 | Extract of a letter from Isaac Newton to John Collins (1) | 1672 |

CLP/24/31/1 | Paper, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/32 | List, 'An Inquisition after some Bookes for the Presse' by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/34 | Extracts, From Vincent Leotaud's book 'The centre of gravitie of an arch' copied out by John Collins | 1663 |

CLP/24/31/2 | Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/26/2 | Diagram, '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 Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/37 | Paper, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins] | 17th century |

CLP/24/37/2 | Diagram, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins] | 17th century |

CLP/24/31/5 | Diagram, Solutions to certain geometrical problems by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/24/2 | Diagram, by John Collins | 1660 |

CLP/24/37/3 | Diagram, Isaac Barrow's solution to [Renatus Franciscus] Slusius' 'Construction of Solid Problems' [relayed by John Collins] | 17th century |

CLP/24/29/2 | Diagram, 'Solutions to certain geometrical problems' by John Collins | 17th century |

CLP/24/36/2 | Diagram, by John Collins | c.12 September 1669 |

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