Authorised form of nameKeill; John (1671 - 1721)
Dates1671 - 1721
Dates and placesBirth:
Edinburgh, Scotland (01 December 1671)
Oxford (31 August 1721)
St Mary's Church, Oxford
ActivityResearch Field:
Physics, mathematics
Edinburgh; MA; Incorporated at Oxford (1694); Balliol College, Oxford. BMed, DMed (1713)
Lecturer in Experimental Philosophy at Hart Hall, Oxford; Deputy to the Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy (1699); Treasurer of the Palatines (1709); took refugees from the Palatinate to New England, returning (1711); Decipherer to Queen Anne and George I (1712-1716); Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford (1712-death); defended Newton against charges of plagiarism by Leibniz; died of a violent fever
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsBrother of James Keill (FRS 1712); married Mary, daughter of James Clements, Bookbinder, of Oxford
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Thomas; Eloy
H E Bell, 'The Savilian Professors' Houses and Halley's Observatory at Oxford' in NR 1961 vol 16 pp 179-186
Sir Alan Cook, 'The 350th Anniversary of the Birth of G W Leibniz, FRS' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 153-163
J P Zinsser, 'The ultimate commentary: a consideration of I Bernhard Cohen's Guide to Newton's Principia' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 231-238
According to Hunter, he was admitted in 1702.
Royal Society codeNA5348
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/K/23John Keill, dated at Oxford, to John Machin21 May 1720
EL/K/22John Keill to William Cockburn1708
CLP/8i/64Paper, solution to the Kepler problem by John Keill1712
MM/5/49Letter from Brooke Taylor, near Canterbury, to Isaac Newton22 April 1716
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