Authorised form of nameTaylor; Brook (1685 - 1731)
Dates1685 - 1731
Place of birthEdmonton, Middlesex, England
Date of birth18 August 1685
Place of deathSomerset House, London
Date of death30 November 1731
Dates and placesBurial:
St Ann's, Soho, London
Research fieldMathematics
Educated at home; Secket's private school; St John's College, Cambridge; LLB (1709), LLD (1714)
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
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election20/03/1712
ProposerJohn Keill
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
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
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Thomas; Venn; GEC Baronetage; Squibb
Obituary in 'Gentleman's Magazine' 1731, p500
Date of death from Gent's Mag. DNB gives grandfather's name as Sir John Tempest
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA6093
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/5/47Letter from Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, Paris, to the Royal Society9 June 1714
IM/004498Taylor, Brooknd
MS/390/146Bond of Brook Taylor to the Treasurer of the Royal Society27 March 1712
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/71Extract of a letter from Brooke Taylor to Hans Sloane1712
MS/82Correspondence of Dr Brook Taylor, Secretary of the Royal Society1712-1717
P/0129Portrait of Taylor, Brook
EL/T/70Brook Taylor, dated Bifrons near Canterbury, to Hans Sloane25 June 1712
CLP/3ii/12Paper, 'De propositiones aliquot de projectilium motu parabolico scriptae anno 1710' ['Some proposals on parabolic motion of projectiles written in the year 1710'] by B [Brook?] Taylor[1710]
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