Authorised form of nameCotes; Roger (1682 - 1716)
Other forms of surnameCoates
Dates1682 - 1716
Place of birthBurbage, Leicestershire, England
Date of birth10 July 1682
Place of deathCambridge
Date of death05 June 1716
Dates and placesBurial:
Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge
OccupationClergyman, Church of England
Research fieldMathematics
Leicester School; pupil of his uncle, the Rev John Smith; St Paul's School; Trinity College, Cambridge. BA (1702-3), MA (1706)
Fellow of Trinity (1705); Tutor to the sons of the Marquis (later Duke) of Kent; as a student, came to the notice of Isaac Newton (FRS 1672), Richard Bentley (FRS 1695) and William Whiston, Lucasian Professor, who proposed him as first Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Natural Philosophy (1707-1716); ordained deacon and priest (1713); assisted Newton in the re-issue of the 'Principia'; founded an observatory at Trinity with the help of Bentley; died of a violent fever
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/11/1711
RelationshipsSon of Robert Cotes, Rector of Burbage, Leicestershire, and his wife, Grace, daughter of Major Farmer of Barwell, Leicestershire; cousin of Robert Smith (FRS 1719); unmarried
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Taylor
A Rupert Hall, 'Cambridge: Newton's legacy' in NR 2001 vol 55 pp 205-226
G J Whitrow, 'Newton's Role in the History of Mathematics' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 71-92
A Rupert Hall, 'Newton and His Editors. The Wilkins Lecture, 1973' in NR 1974-5 vol 29 pp 29-52, plate
L B Glyn, 'Israel Lyons: a short but starry career. The life of an eighteenth-century Jewish botanist and astronomer' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 275-305
B Bradley 'Newton's Gift to Roger Cotes' NR 2012 vol 66 number 2, pages 159-168
Venn states that he was buried in All Saints', Cambridge, DNB that he was buried in Trinity Chapel.
Royal Society codeNA8185
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/390/157Bond of Roger Cotes to the Treasurer of the Royal Society20 May 1714
PT/7/2Paper, 'On a remarkable application of Cotes's theorem' by J F W [John Frederick William] Herschel6 October 1812
CLP/22ii/5Paper, Account of the book 'Harmonia mensurarum sive analysis et synthesis per rationum .... [The harmony of measure, or analysis and synthesis through reasoning...]' by Roger Cotesius [Cotes], edited by Robert Smith[1723]
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