Mathematician:William Whiston

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English theologian, historian, and mathematician, a leading figure in the popularisation of the ideas of Isaac Newton.

Best known for helping to instigate the Longitude Act in $1714$.

Succeeded his mentor Isaac Newton as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.




  • Born: 9 December 1667 in Norton-juxta-Twycross, Leicestershire, England
  • 1686: Entered Clare College, Cambridge as a sizar
  • 1690: Awarded Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • 1691: Elected Fellow
  • 1693: Elected probationary senior Fellow
  • 1693: Awarded Master of Arts (AM)
  • 1693: Ordained at Lichfield
  • 1694: Resigned his tutorship at Clare, and swapped positions with Richard Laughton, chaplain to John Moore
  • 1698: Given living of Lowestoft by Moore, where he became rector
  • 1699: Resigned his Fellowship of Clare College and left to marry
  • 1701: Resigned his living to become Isaac Newton's substitute, giving the Lucasian lectures at Cambridge
  • 1702: Succeeded Newton as Lucasian professor
  • 1707: Became Boyle lecturer
  • 1710: Deprived of his professorship and expelled from the university
  • 1714: Instrumental in the passing of the Longitude Act
  • Died: 22 August 1752 in Lyndon, Rutland, England


  • 1696: A New Theory of the Earth from its Original to the Consummation of All Things
  • 1706: Essay on the Revelation of St John
  • 1707: Edited Newton's Arithmetica Universalis
  • 1712: A chart of the solar system showing numerous paths of comets (with John Senex)
  • 1717: Astronomical Principles of Religion
  • 1721: The Longitude and Latitude Found by the Inclinatory or Dipping Needle
  • 1727: Authentik Record belonging to the Old and New Testament (2 volumes)
  • 1730: Life of Samuel Clarke
  • 1737: Translation of the works of Josephus
  • 1732: Testimony of Phlegon Vindicated
  • 1745: Primitive New Testament
  • 1749--1750: Memoirs (3 volumes)