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Authorised form of nameGregory; David (? 1661 - 1708); Astronomer
Other forms of nameGregorie, David
SurnameGregory
ForenamesDavid
Dates? 1661 - 1708
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Kinnairdie, Banffshire, Scotland (03 June 1659 or 24 June 1661)
Death:
The Greyhound Inn, Maidenhead, Berkshire (10 October 1708)
Burial:
Maidenhead churchyard, Berkshire
ActivityResearch Field:
Mathematics, astronomy, optics
Education:
Leyden (admitted 1679); Marischal College, Aberdeen; Edinburgh; MA (1683); incorporated at Oxford (from Balliol College) (1692); BMed and DMed (1692)
Career:
Matheson Professor of Mathematics, Edinburgh (1683-1692); Savilian Professor of Astronomy, Oxford (1692-death); Mathematical Tutor to William, Duke of Gloucester (1699); one of the committee for preparing John Flamsteed's (FRS 1677) astronomical observations for the press (1704); friend of Isaac Newton (FRS 1672); died of consumption
Memberships:
FRCPE (Honorary) 1705
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
30/11/1692
Proposers:
Sir Robert Southwell
RelationshipsOne of the 32 children of David Gregorie of Kinnairdie; married Elizabeth, daughter of Mr Oliphant of Langtoun, Scotland; nephew of James Gregory (FRS 1668), whose grandson was John Gregory (FRS 1756)
Published worksCatoptricae et Dioptricae Elementa (Oxford, 1695); Astronomiae Physicae et Geometricae Elementa (Oxford, 1702);
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Authority:
Preferred name form from DNB and DSB
References:
William P D Wightman, 'Aberdeen University and the Royal Society' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 145-158
H E Bell, 'The Savilian Professors' Houses and Halley's Observatory at Oxford' in NR 1961 vol 16 pp 179-186
J E McGuire and P M Rattansi, 'Newton and the "Pipes of Pan"' in NR 1966 vol 21 pp 108-143
P D Lawrence and A G Molland, 'David Gregory's Inaugural Lecture at Oxford' in NR 1970 vol 25 pp 143-178
A Rupert Hall, 'Further Newton Correspondence' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 7-34
Simon Schaffer, 'The Glorious Revolution and Medicine in Britain and the Netherlands' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 167-190
V S Kirsanov, 'The Earliest Copy in Russia of Newton's Principia: Is it David Gregory's Annotated Copy?' in NR 1992 vol 46 pp 203-218
D L Simms and P L Hinckley, 'David Gregory on Newton's burning mirror' in NR 2001 vol 55 pp 185-190
A Cook, 'The end of the affair. The correspondence of John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal, vol 3 (1703-1719) by E G Forbes, L Murdin and F Willmoth' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 113-116
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
Notes:
BR gives birth date as 1659 and DSB gives 3 June 1659; DNB and index to BR give preferred birth date of 24 June 1661.
Royal Society codeNA7998
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/G1/46David Gregory, dated at Oxford, to Hans Sloane12 October 1699
EL/G1/45David Gregory, dated at Oxford, to Edmond Halley11 January 1693
CLP/22i/63Paper, Account of the book 'Euclidis quae supersunt omnia... [Euclid who survives all...]' by David Gregory28 July 1703
IM/003267Newton, Sir IsaacSeptember 2002
IM/001776Gregory, David2001
CLP/22i/61Paper, Account of 'Astronomiae physicae et geometricae elementa [Of the physical and geometrical elements of astronomy]' by David Gregory[1703]
LBO/6/23Copy letter from David Gregory to Mr Collinsnd
CLP/1/21Paper, 'Solutio problematis florentum' [Of the solution to the florentin problem] by David Gregory in his letter to Edmond Halley1693
CLP/1/21/1Paper, 'Solutio problematis florentum' [Of the solution to the florentin problem] by David Gregory in his letter to Edmond Halley1693
CLP/1/25Paper, 'De quadratura curvilinear' [On curved quadrature] by Archibald Pitcairne [and David Gregory?]7 September 1688
CLP/3ii/2Paper, 'De ratione temporis que grave labitur per rectam data duo puncta conjungentem' [On the point of time when serious labiturper line joins two given points] by Dr Gregory1697
CLP/1/24/1Paper, 'Responsio ad anum adversiones' [Response to the annual adversities] from David Gregory1699
CLP/1/24Paper, 'Responsio ad anum adversiones' [Response to the annual adversities] from David Gregory1699
CLP/1/21/2Diagram for the Florentine Problem by David Gregory in his letter to Edmond Halley1693
CLP/1/24/2Diagram of a triangle from David Gregory1699
CLP/3ii/2/2Diagram in 'De ratione temporis' by Dr Gregory1697
CLP/3ii/2/1Paper, 'De ratione temporis que grave labitur per rectam data duo puncta conjungentem' [On the point of time when serious labiturper line joins two given points] by Dr Gregory1697
CLP/22i/40Paper, Account of 'Catoptricae et dioptricae sphaericae elementa [Elements of a catoptric and dioptric globe]' by David Gregory1695
CLP/1/24/3Diagram of a triangle from David Gregory1699
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