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Authorised form of namePlayfair; John (1748 - 1819)
SurnamePlayfair
ForenamesJohn
Dates1748 - 1819
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Benvie, near Dundee, Angus, Scotland (10 March 1748)
Death:
Edinburgh (20 July 1819)
ActivityProfession:
Clergyman
Research Field:
Mathematics, physics, geology
Education:
St Andrew's University. MA (1765)
Career:
Licensed as a minister (1770); minister, parish of Liff (1773-1782); Joint Professor of Mathematics,Edinburgh University (1785-1805); Professor of Natural Philosophy, Edinburgh University (1805)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
5/02/1807
RelationshipsEldest son of Rev John Playfair
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
J B Morrell, 'Professors Robison and Playfair, and the Theophobia Gallica: Natural Philosophy, Religion and Politics in Edinburgh, 1789-1815' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 43-63
Virtual International Authority File15552516
Royal Society codeNA8269
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003600Playfair, Johnnd
MS/251/6Obituary of John Playfair, by William Buckland [?]31 July 1819
MS/251/5Letter from John Playfair, Edinburgh, to William Buckland, Professor of Mineralogy, Oxford9 July 1819
L&P/7/20Paper, 'On the artithmetic of impossible quantities' by John Playfair1778
EC/1806/14Playfair, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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