Mathematician:Alcuin of York

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Hugely influential english scholar, clergyman, poet, and teacher.

Wrote elementary texts on arithmetic, geometry and astronomy.

Leader of a renaissance in learning in Europe.

Possibly the author of Propositiones ad Acuendos Juvenes.




  • Born: c. 735 in York, Northumbria (present day England)
  • Died: 19 May 804 in Tours, France


Notable Quotes

In the morning, at the height of my powers, I sowed the seed in Britain, now in the evening when my blood is growing cold I am still sowing in France, hoping both will grow, by the grace of God, giving some the honey of the holy scriptures, making others drunk on the old wine of ancient learning...

Also known as

His name is also rendered Ealhwine, Alhwin, or Alchoin

In Latin: Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus.