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Authorised form of nameTaylor; Brook (1685 - 1731)
SurnameTaylor
ForenamesBrook
Dates1685 - 1731
Dates and placesBirth:
Edmonton, Middlesex, England (18 August 1685)
Death:
Somerset House, London (30 November 1731)
Burial:
St Ann's, Soho, London
ActivityProfession: Barrister
Research Field:
Mathematics
Education:
Educated at home; Secket's private school; St John's College, Cambridge; LLB (1709), LLD (1714)
Career:
Advocate in the Court of Arches (1714-c 1720); travelled to France several times; corresponded with Pierre Remond de Montmort (FRS 1715); worked on the application of calculus to various problems, including the refraction of light and the determination of the centres of oscillation and percussion and enunciated the principle of vanishing points
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
20/03/1712
Proposers:
John Keill
Council:
1714-1717, 1721, 1723, 1725; Sec 1714-1718
RelationshipsSon of John Taylor, merchant, of Bifrons House and his wife, Olivia, daughter of Sir Nicholas Tempest, Bart, of Durham and his wife, Ann Price.
Married: 1) Miss Brydges of Wallington, Surrey; 2) Sabetta, daughter of John Sawbridge of Olantigh, Kent
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Thomas; Venn; GEC Baronetage; Squibb
References:
Obituary in 'Gentleman's Magazine' 1731, p500
Notes:
Date of death from Gent's Mag. DNB gives grandfather's name as Sir John Tempest
Royal Society codeNA6093
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/T/71Extract of a letter from Brooke Taylor to Hans Sloane1712
MM/5/47Letter from Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, Paris, to the Royal Society9 June 1714
MS/82Correspondence of Dr Brook Taylor, Secretary of the Royal Society1712-1717
P/0129Portrait of Taylor, Brook
IM/004498Taylor, Brooknd
MS/390/146Bond of Brook Taylor to the Treasurer of the Royal Society27 March 1712
CLP/3ii/12Paper, 'De propositiones aliquot de projectilium motu parabolico scriptae anno 1710' [The proposals for some of the parabolic motion of projectiles written in the year 1710] by B [Brook?] Taylorc1710
CLP/6/67Paper, account of an experiment to ascertain the proportion of the expansion of the liquid in the thermometer with regard to the degrees of heat by Brook Taylor[1722]
MM/5/49Letter from Brooke Taylor, near Canterbury, to Isaac Newton22 April 1716
EL/T/70Brook Taylor, dated Bifrons near Canterbury, to Hans Sloane25 June 1712
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