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Authorised form of nameMacLaurin; Colin (1698 - 1746)
Other forms of surnameMclaurin
Dates1698 - 1746
NationalityBritish
Place of birthKilmodan in Glendaruel, Argyllshire, Scotland
Date of birthFebruary 1698
Place of deathEdinburgh
Date of death14 January or 14 June 1746
Research fieldMathematics
ActivityEducation:
Glasgow. MA (1712)
Career:
Professor of Mathematics, Marischal College, Aberdeen (1717-1722); visited London (1719, 1721); friend of Martin Folkes (FRS 1714); Tutor to the son of Lord Polwarth, with whom he travelled in France (1722-1724); won the prize offered by the Academie des Sciences (1724); Professor of Mathematics, Edinburgh (1725); organised the defences of Edinburgh against the rebels (1745); when they captured the town he went to stay with Thomas Herring, Archbishop of York; died of a 'dropsy of the belly' from a cold caught on the journey home
Memberships:
Philosophical Society of Edinburgh
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election05/11/1719
ProposerEdmond Halley
William Burnett
RelationshipsSon of John McLaurin, Minister of Kilmodan, and his wife - Cameron; married Anne, daughter of Walter Stewart, Solicitor-General for Scotland
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Authority:
Altname from Charter Book
References:
William P D Wightman, 'Aberdeen University and the Royal Society' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 145-158, plate
Stella Mills, 'Note on the Braikenridge-MacLaurin Theorem' in NR 1983-84 vol 38 pp 235-240
P M Harman, 'Newton to Maxwell: the Principia and British Physics' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 75-96
Patricia Rothman, 'By "The Light of his Own Mind": the Story of James Ferguson, Astronomer' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 33-45
Alex D D Craik, 'James Ivory's last papers on the 'Figure of the Earth' (with biographical additions) in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 187-204
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:
DSB gives death date as 14 January 1746
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/61658346
Royal Society codeNA8377
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/L6/18Colin McLaurin, dated at Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes26 February 1726
EL/M3/50Colin Maclaurin, dated at Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes12 May 1737
EL/M3/51Colin Maclaurin to John Machin15 November 1732
EL/Y/3George Young of Edinburgh to Colin Maclaurin1729
EL/L6/13Colin McLaurin, dated at College of New Aberdeen, to Edmond Halley9 December 1720
EL/L6/16Letter from Colin McLaurin, dated at Luneville14 July 1723
MM/4/70Letter from Colin MacLaurin, Edinburgh, to George Graham 15 February 1731/2
RBO/14/52'Concerning the roots of equations with the demonstration of other rules in algebra in a second Letter from Colin Maclaurin, Professor of Mathematicks in the University of Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes 1729
CLP/8ii/67aPaper, list of corrections for 'Philosophical Transactions' no 439 communicated by Colin Maclaurin[18th Century]
CLP/13/12Paper, account of conjoined twins in Lorraine, France by Monsieur Fevry21 January 1723
L&P/1/66Letter, 'About the comet' from Colin MacLaurin to Short4 March 1741
IM/002901MacLaurin, Colinnd
EL/L6/14Colin McLaurin, dated at Cambray, to James Jurin29 August 1722
L&P/1/43Letter, 'Of the north coast of Britain and errors in maps between Dunsby Head and Faro Point' from Colin MacLaurin to Martin Folkes26 January 1741
NLB/7/892Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor George Pirie, 29 Duke Street, Manchester Square, W.19 May 1893
NLB/7/853Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor George Pirie, 29 Duke Street, Manchester Square9 May 1893
NLB/7/835Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Professor George Pirie, Aberdeen5 May 1893
L&P/1/176Letter and paper, 'An account of his treatise on fluxions part II' by Colin MacLaurin to Martin Folkes5 February 1743
L&P/1/177/1Letter, 'Account extracted from Edinburgh Town Council books of a disease at Edinburgh (French pox)' from Mackay to Colin MacLaurin1742
L&P/1/221Paper, 'Of the cells of the bee' by Colin MacLaurin30 June 1743
CLP/22ii/4Paper, 'Geometria organica sive descriptio linearum...' [Instrumental geometry, or linear description] by Colin Maclaurin[1720]
CLP/13/13Translation, 'An account of a monstrous double birth in Lorrain [Lorraine]' by Monsieur Fevry[1723]
EL/L6/17Colin McLaurin, dated at Luneville, to James Jurin18 April 1724
EL/L6/19Colin McLaurin, dated at Edinburgh, to Martin Folkes19 April 1729
CLP/13/13/1Translation, 'An account of a monstrous double birth in Lorrain [Lorraine]' by Monsieur Fevry[1723]
CLP/13/13/2Plate, frontal and dorsal view of conjoined twins by unknown artist[1723]
CLP/13/13/3Plate, abdominal muscles, viscera, and urinary and genital parts of conjoined twins by unknown artist[1723]
CLP/13/13/4Plate, frontal and dorsal views of the skeleton of conjoined twins born in Lorraine by unknown artist[1723]
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