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MacLaurin, Colin, 1698-1746

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Personal name headingMacLaurin, Colin, 1698-1746
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Variant(s)McLaurin, Colin, 1698-1746
MacLaurin, Colinus, 1698-1746
McLaurin, Colinus, 1698-1746
Mac Laurin, Colinus, 1698-1746
McLaurin, Col. (Colin), 1698-1746
M'Laurin, Col. (Colin), 1698-1746
Maclaurin, Co. (Colin), 1698-1746
See alsoColleague: Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727
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Student: Murdoch, Patrick, -1774
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Employer: University of Edinburgh
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Employer: Marischal College and University
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Officer of: Philosophical Society of Edinburgh
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Graduate of: University of Glasgow
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Associated countryScotland Great Britain
Associated placeAberdeen (Scotland) Glasgow (Scotland) York (England)
LocatedEdinburgh (Scotland)
Birth date1698-02
Death date1746-06-14
Place of birthArgyllshire (Scotland)
Kilmodan (Scotland)
Place of deathEdinburgh (Scotland)
Field of activityMathematics Physics
Natural philosophy
AffiliationUniversity of Edinburgh
Marischal College and University
Philosophical Society of Edinburgh
Royal Society (Great Britain)
University of Glasgow
Kirk of the Greyfriars (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Profession or occupationMathematician Professor Natural philosopher
Mathematicians Philosophers Physical scientists College teachers
Found inHis The collected letters ... c1982: t.p. (Colin MacLaurin)
Traité des fluxions, 1749: t.p. (Colin Maclaurin, professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh and [member] of the Royal Society of London)
A short account of the history of mathematics' (4th edition, 1908) by W.W. Rouse Ball, viewed via the WWW June 20, 2012 (Colin Maclaurin, who was born in Kilmodan in Argyllshire in February 1698, and died at York on June 14; 1746, was educated at the university of Glasgow; in 1717 he was elected, at the early age of nineteen, professor of mathematics at Aberdeen; and in 1725 he was appointed the deputy of the mathematical professor at Edinburgh, and ultimately succeeded him)
MacLaurin, Colin. An account of Sir Isaac Newton's philosophical discoveries, 1750: title page (Colin Maclaurin, A.M., late fellow of the Royal Society, professor of mathematics in the University of Edinburgh, and secretary to the Philosophical Society there) dedication page (husband of Anne Maclaurin) page i (born at Kilmoddan, Argyleshire, February 1698) page iv (during the vacation of 1719, he went to London; became acquainted with Sir Isaac Newton; friendship) page v (Sir Isaac, in a [reference] letter to Maclaurin, with allowance to show it to the patrons of the University of Edinburgh, wishes him success on his appointment at Edinburgh; also wrote to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh on Maclaurin's behalf) page vii (Newton, his great benefactor) page xiii (in 1745, fled from Edinburgh to the north of England, stayed in York; returned home; very ill) page xiv (died 14 June 1746, aged 48 years and 4 months)
OCLC, 10 July 2017 (access points: MacLaurin, Colin, 1698-1746, MacLaurin, Colin, Maclaurin, Colin, MACLAURIN, Colin, Professor of Mathematics in the University of Edinburgh; usages: Colin Maclaurin, Colin MacLaurin, Colin McLaurin, M. Maclaurin, D.D. Mac-Laurin, Colinus McLaurin, Scotus, Colini Mac-Laurini; different transcriptions from same title page: auctore Colino MacLaurin, auctore Colino Mac Laurin; usages in preface signatures: Col. McLaurin, Col. M'Laurin, Co. Maclaurin; usage as subject: Colin Maclaurin, Colin Maclaurin)
Oxford dictionary of national biography, viewed online 10 July 2017: MacLaurin, Colin, 1698-1746 (MacLaurin, Colin (1698-1746), mathematician and natural philosopher; born in Kilmoden, Argyll, Scotland, in February of 1698; entered University of Glasgow 1709: classical education, mathematical studies; awarded master of arts degree 1713; spent another year there, reading divinity; left the university in 1714; in 1717 (at the age of 19), he was appointed to the chair of mathematics at Marischal College in Aberdeen; a younger contemporary, and to some extent a protégé of Isaac Newton, wrote the first thorough, systematic, axiomatic development of the method of fluxions, the Newtonian version of the calculus; admitted to membership in the Royal Society (1719); his first major book, the Geometria organica (1720); in 1721, was engaged by Lord Polworth, the king's ambassador to the congress of Cambrai, as a tutor and travelling companion for his son; stayed away from Aberdeen for 3 years, continuing his mathematical work; returned to Aberdeen by January 1725, but then accepted a position at the University of Edinburgh; his position in Aberdeen was declared vacant in January 1726; taught mathematics, also taught experimental philosophy, surveying, fortification, geography, theory of gunnery, astronomy, and optics; one of two co-secretaries of the Edinburgh Philosophical Society on its foundation in 1737; An Account of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophical Discoveries (published posthumously in 1748); magnum opus, the Treatise of Fluxions, published in 1742; took a leading role in preparing the defence of Edinburgh against the highland army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745; fled south into England, invited to stay in York; returned from York to Edinburgh on 16 November 1745, ill but able to return to his duties; died on 14 June 1746; buried in Greyfriars churchyard, Edinburgh; his wife and family put Patrick Murdoch in charge of editing MacLaurin's writings)
Oxford dictionary of national biography, viewed online 10 July 2017: Murdoch, Patrick, d. 1774 (Murdoch, Patrick (d. 1774), Church of England clergyman and writer; was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he distinguished himself in mathematics, and was the pupil and friend of Colin Maclaurin, from whom he probably acquired his interest in Newtonian philosophy and science; prefixed a life of Colin Maclaurin to that author's Account of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophical Discoveries, published in London in 1748)
MacLaurin, Colin. MacLaurin's physical dissertations, 2007: editor Ian Tweddle's introduction, page 1 (the Scottish mathematician Colin MacLaurin (1698-1746), regarded both in Britain and in continental Europe as one of the leading mathematicians of his time; born in February 1698 at Kilmodan, Glendaruel, Argyllshire; various forms of the name are found: MacLaurin, Maclaurin, McLaurin, M'Laurin; Tweddle prefers MacLaurin, which was certainly used by the mathematician) page 2 (strong support from Isaac Newton had been an important factor in securing MacLaurin's appointment at the University of Edinburgh; he remained there as professor of mathematics until the end of his life) page 3 (died at Edinburgh on 14 June 1746)
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