Authorised form of namePell; John (1611 - 1685)
Dates1611 - 1685
Dates and placesBirth:
Southwick, Sussex, England (01 March 1611)
The lodging of Mr Cothorne in Dyot Street, London (12 December 1685)
The rector's vault of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London
Clergyman, Church of England
Research Field:
Mr John Jefferies School at Steyning, Sussex; Trinity College, Cambridge; BA (1629), MA (1630)?; Incorporated at Oxford (1631); DD (Lambeth 1663)
Professor of Mathematics at Amsterdam (1643); Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at Breda (1646); returned to England (1652); Cromwell's Envoy and then Resident at Zurich (1654-1658); ordained deacon and priest (1661); Rector of Fobbing, Essex (1661-1685); Vicar of Laindon, Essex (1663-1685); Chaplain to Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury (FRS 1665); lived for some years at Brereton Hall, Cheshire, home of his former student, William, 3rd Lord Brereton (FRS 1663); frequently impoverished, he was imprisoned for debt twice and given asylum at the Royal College of Physicians by Daniel Whistler (FRS 1663); invented the sign for division
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of John Pell, Rector of Southwick, Sussex, and his wife, Mary Holland of Halden, Kent; married Ithumaria, daughter of Henry Ragnolles or Reginalds of London
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn; Foster; Aubrey
Noel Malcolm, 'The publications of John Pell, FRS (1611-1685): some new light and some old confusions' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 275-292
Linda Levy Peck, 'Uncovering the Arundel Library at the Royal Society: Changing Meanings of Science and the Fate of the Norfolk Donation' in NR 1998 vol 52 pp 3-24
D J Bryden, 'Magnetic Inclinatory Needles: Approved by the Royal Society?' in NR 1993 vol 47 pp 17-31
G H Turnbull, 'Samuel Hartlib's Influence on the Early History of the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 101-130
T Quinn, 'In this issue' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 245 - 247
N Malcolm, 'An unpublished letter from Henry Oldenburg to Johann Heinrich Rahn' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 249 - 266
Hunter does not give a precise date of election, but indicates that his involvement reached back to the origins of the Society and states that he was an active Fellow in the early 1660s. Index to BR offers alternative election date to the standard date for Original Fellows given above - 13 Aug 1662.
Virtual international authority file
Royal Society codeNA8085
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CLP/8i/6Paper,'Observations of the solar eclipse on 28 January' by Dr Pell1663
CLP/24/3Paper, 'Answer to the Latin algebraic question sent out of France' by Dr John Pellc.17th century
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