# Mathematician:Bede

## Mathematician

English Benedictine monk at the monastery of St. Peter and its companion monastery of St. Paul in the Kingdom of Northumbria of the Angles.

Studied the academic discipline of computus, that is the science of calculating calendar dates.

Worked on computing the date of Easter.

Helped establish the "Anno Domini" practice of numbering years.

Produced works on finger-counting, the sphere, and division.

These works are probably the first works on mathematics written in England by an Englishman.

One of the greatest teachers and writers of the Early Middle Ages.

Considered by many historians to be the single most important scholar of antiquity for the period between the death of Pope Gregory I in $604$ and the coronation of Charlemagne in $800$.

## Nationality

English

## History

- Born: c. 673, possibly in Monkwearmouth (in present-day Sunderland, England)
- Died: 26 May 735 in Jarrow, Kingdom of Northumbria (present-day Tyne and Wear, England)

## Works

- 703:
*De temporibus*

- c. 703:
*De natura rerum*

- 725:
*De temporum ratione*

- 731:
*Ecclesiastical History of the English People*

Many more, mostly commentaries on the Bible or histories of various saints

## Also known as

Usually referred to as **the Venerable Bede**, **Saint Bede**, or **Bede the Venerable**.

## Sources

- 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Bede, the Venerable**(672-735) - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Bede, the Venerable**(672-735)