Authorised form of nameVincent; Nathaniel (- 1722); clergyman
Other forms of nameNathanael
Dates - 1722
Date of deathMay 1722
Dates and placesMay 1722
OccupationClergyman, Church of England
Clare College, Cambridge (BA 1657; MA 1660; DD Lit Reg 1679)
Fellow of Clare (to 1722); ordained deacon (1661), priest (1667); Rector of Blo Norton, Norfolk (1660-1722)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/11/1683
ProposerSir John Hoskins
Date of ejection or withdrawal12 January 1687
Other Royal Society activityReported on and presented findings at Society meetings, e.g. on a petrified skull (1680s);
Contributed to the 'Philosophical Transactions' on Denis Papin's (FRS 1680) work (1685);
Correspondent on the topic of phosphorus (1685);
Withdrew for 'private reasons' but was re-admitted on 21 November 1694
General contextVincent is frequently confused with the contemporary nonconformist minister of the same name, who was ejected post-Restoration in 1662. One of this Nathaniel Vincent's sermons was not permitted for publication due to its criticism of English court. Through a Jesuit text appearing in England in the 1680s, Vincent was introduced to Confucian philosophy and he translated the texts into English. This coincided with a growing interest, especially within the Society, in sinology. Little is known about his private life.
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Bulloch's Roll; Venn; Hunter
Jenkinson, M. 2006. 'Nathaniel Vincent and Confucius's 'great learning' in Restoration England', in Notes and Records, vol. 60, pp.35-49
Venn has an approximate lifespan of 1634-1722.
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Royal Society codeNA5332
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/24Statius, Thebais13th century
LBO/10/90Copy letter from Nathaniel Vincent to Mr Aston23 November 1685
CLP/9ii/12Paper, 'Some experiments and discoveries concerning ascititious magnetism' by Dr [Nathaniel] Vincent[17th century]
EL/V/32Nathaniel Vincent to William Musgrave7 September 1685
CLP/11i/38Paper, 'An account of some discovered properties of the phosphorus, from a discourse thereupon' by Nathanael [Nathaniel] Vincent[1692]
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