Wilson, Alexander

Education

Studied St Andrews University - M.A. 8.5.1733.

M.D. 6.8.1763 (gratis).

Birth/childhood

Baptised 8.10.1714 son of Patrick Wilson, town clerk, St Andrews and Clara Fairfull.

Career

Assistant to a London surgeon 1737-1739. [Surgeon, doctor]

Returned to St Andrews to set up a type foundry in 1742. Removed to Glasgow and continued foundry with his son. [Typefounder]

Professor of Astronomy, Glasgow University 1760-1784 (resigned). [University professor]

Did important work with sunspots and gravity.

Publications

Death

Died Edinburgh 18.10.1786.

Sources

  • DNB
  • The Library v.7 1952 p98
  • G. H. Bushnell, From papyrus to print, 1947 p110-120