Authorised form of nameGregorie; James (1638 - 1675)
Other forms of nameGregory, James
Dates1638 - 1675
Place of birthDrumoak manse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Date of birthNovember 1638
Place of deathEdinburgh
Research fieldMathematics; optics; astronomy
Aberdeen Grammar School; Marischal College, Aberdeen; Padua (1664-1667)
Professor of Mathematics, St Andrews University (1668-1674); Professor of Mathematics, Edinburgh University (1674-1675); died of apoplexy
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election11/06/1668
ProposerJohn Collins
RelationshipsSon of the Rev John Gregory, minister of Drumoak; married Mary, daughter of George Jameson, painter, and widow of Peter Burnet of Elrick, Aberdeen; son James was Professor of Physic at King's College Aberdeen, d. 1731; grandfather of John Gregory (FRS 1756); uncle of David Gregorie (FRS 1692) brother of David Gregorie (1627-1720), inventor.
Published worksVera Circuli et Hyperbolae Quadratura (Padua, 1667; Exercitationes Geometricae (London, 1668)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Hunter; Foster; Innes Smith
H W Turnbull and G H Bushnell 'James Gregory 1638-1675' in Record of the Celebrations held in the University Library 5 July 1949 as part of the University of St Andrews James Gregory Tercentenary 1949 pp5-26
William P D Wightman, 'Aberdeen University and the Royal Society' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 145-158
G L'E Turner, 'James Short, FRS, and his Contribution to the Construction of Reflecting Telescopes' in NR 1969 vol 24 pp 91-108
G J Whitrow, 'Newton's Role in the History of Mathematics' in NR 1989 vol 43 pp 71-92
A Rupert Hall and A D C Simpson, 'An Account of the Royal Society's Newton Telescope' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 1-11
Name spelt 'Gregory' in DNB and Hunter; also given as an alternative in R. Both spellings given in DSB.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8395
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
LBO/7/53Copy letter from James Gregorie, Edinburgh, to John Collins8 October 1674
CLP/24/27Paper, Answer to Antimo Fabri's book 'Opusculum Geometricum' by James Gregorie1659
CLP/1/22Extract, 'An answer to Monsieur Huygens etc' by [James] Gregorie[1660s]
CLP/1/31Copy letter, regarding Christian Huygens' work, from [James Gregorie] to the publisher1668
CLP/1/19Paper, 'De augmento scientiarum mathematicarum' ['On the growth of the mathematical sciences'] by [James Gregorie?][17th century]
CLP/1/23Note, 'An advertisement' by Mr [James] Gregory [Gregorie][17th century]
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