Authorised form of nameBernard; Edward (1638 - 1697); mathematician and scholar
Dates1638 - 1697
Place of birthPerry St Paul [Paulerspury], near Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, Europe
Date of birth2 May 1638
Place of deathOxford, England, Europe
Date of death12 January 1697
Dates and placesBaptism:
Paulerspury, near Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, Europe (15 May 1638)
St John's College chapel, Oxford, England, Europe (16 January 1697)
OccupationClergyman, Church of England
Research fieldAstronomy
Merchant Taylors' School; St John's College, Oxford (BA 1658/9; MA 1662; BD 1668; DD 1684); Incorporated at Cambridge (1672)
Fellow of St John's College (1658); went to Leyden to inspect the oriental manuscripts bequeathed to the University by Joseph Scaliger and Levin Warner (1668); Rector of Cheam, Surrey (1672-1673); Chaplain to the Bishop of Exeter (1672-1673); Savilian Professor of Astronomy, Oxford (1673-1691); returned to Leyden to buy books from the library of Heinsius (1683); Rector of Brightwell, Berkshire (1691-1697); attended the sale of the Golian Manuscripts in Leyden (1696)
Oxford Philosophical Society
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election09/04/1673
Age at election34
ProposerHenry Oldenburg
Other Royal Society activityAsked to contribute experimental discourse although he remained inactive;
Had collections of ancient Arabic and Greek observations published (1684)
RelationshipsParents: Joseph Bernard and Elizabeth Linche
Siblings: Anne Bernard
Married: Eleanor Howell
Published worksRCN: 27799
RCN: 27800
RCN: 43889
RCN: 27798
General contextHe studied Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac and Coptic and contributed Arabic verses to a work 'Epicedia academica Oxoniensis' (1661). He also studied mathematics with John Wallis (FRS 1663) and was appointed as Christopher Wren's (FRS 1663) deputy as Savilian professor of astronomy. In this role and when he took over from Wren, he was a correspondent to John Flamsteed (FRS 1677). Over the course of his career, he published some works on antiquity and astronomy. After his death, the Bodleian library bought his books and manuscripts, including Bernard's unpublished work.
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Hall, A R. 1995. 'John Collins on Newton's Telescope', in Notes and Records, vol. 49, pp. 71-78
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Royal Society codeNA5898
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/390/36Bonds of John Wallis and Edward Bernard to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1674 and 22 February 1675
CLP/20/88Paper, Account of Dr. [Edward] Bernard's 'Treatise of measures & weights' by Robert Hooke17th century
EL/L6/4George Lewis, dated at Fort St George, to Arthur Charlett and Edward Bernard6 September 1697
EL/B2/9Edward Bernard to Henry Oldenburg11 August 1676
EL/B2/7Edward Bernard to Henry Oldenburg4 February 1671
EL/B2/6Edward Bernard to Henry OldenburgNovember 1670
EL/B2/8Edward Bernard, dated at St Johns Oxford, to Henry Oldenburg15 April 1673
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