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Tercentenary of the Birth of Prof. James Gregory

Nature volume 141, page 1130 (25 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE University of St. Andrews will commemorate on July 5 the three hundredth anniversary of the birth of James Gregory, professor of mathematics in the University from 1668 until 1674. The actual date of his birth at Drumoak, twelve miles from Aberdeen, appears to have been November 6, 1638, but the mathematical colloquium to be held in St. Andrews in July affords a suitable opportunity for this celebration. An address on Gregory and his work will be delivered in the Upper Library Hall, where his meridian line was traced on the floor, followed by a graduation ceremonial at which honorary degrees will be conferred on distinguished representatives. On the previous day, the Royal Society of Edinburgh is holding a meeting at which papers will be read on the mathematical and astronomical work of the inventor of the Gregorian telescope, who died in that city in October 1675 shortly after his transference to the chair of mathematics in the University of Edinburgh.

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