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Authorised form of nameHellins; John (? 1749 - 1827)
SurnameHellins
ForenamesJohn
Dates? 1749 - 1827
Dates and placesBirth:
? 1749
Death:
Potterspury, Northamptonshire (05 April 1827)
ActivityProfession:
Clergyman
Research Field:
Mathematics; astronomy
Education:
Trinity College, Cambridge. BD (1800)
Career:
Apprenticed to a cooper; worked as a cooper (until age 20); taught himself mathematics; master of a small school, Bishop's Tawton; Assistant, Royal Observatory, Greenwich under Nevil Maskelyne (1773-1776); took Holy Orders; Curate of Constantine, Cornwall (1779-1783); Curate, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire (1783-1790); Vicar of Potterspury, Northamptonshire (1790-1827); founded a school (now named after him), Potterspury (1817)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
22/12/1796
Medals/Prizes:
Copley Medal 1799
RelationshipsSon of a labourer of Ashreigney, near Chulmleigh, Devon
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
References:
M Croarken, 'Astronomical labourers: Maskelyne's assistants at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, 1765 - 1811' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 285 - 298
Royal Society codeNA3019
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/11/10Letter, 'Account of a thunderstorm on the 4 April 1796' from John Hellins to Nevil Maskelyne1796
MM/7/94'An extract from a letter of the Rev Mr John Hellins, formerly Assistant to Mr (now Dr) Maskelyne, the Astronomer-Royal at Greenwich Observatory, to Francis Maseres, Esq'c.1792
L&P/12/35Paper, 'Of the rectification of the conic sections' by John Hellins19 March 1802
L&P/7/148Paper, 'A theorum for computing logarithms' by John Hellins13 May 1780
L&P/7/261Paper, 'New method of finding the equal roots of an equation by division' by John Hellins9 February 1782
L&P/10/83Paper, 'Dr Halley's quadature of the circle improved' by John Hellins30 April 1794
L&P/10/139Paper, 'Hyperbolic logarithm of 10' by John Hellins24 June 1795
L&P/11/48Letter, 'A new method of computing the value of a slowly converging series of which all the terms are affirmative' from John Hellins to Nevil Maskelyne1798
L&P/11/109Letter, 'Second appendix to the paper on improved solution of a problem in Physical Astronomy' from John Hellins to Nevil Maskelyne27 September 1799
EC/1796/17Hellins, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/11/69Letter, 'An improved solution of a problem in physical astronomy...also an appendix containing an easy method of obtaining the sums of many slowly converging series which arise in taking the fluents of binomial surds' from John Hellins to Nevil Maskelyne17 April 1797
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