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  • Note:

    David Gregory (1661-1708), nephew of astronomer James Gregory (1638-1675), was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh 1683-1691.  Here he lectured on optics, geometry, mechanics and hydrostatics.  The lectures on optics reproduced here date from this time.  In 1691 Gregory was elected Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford, where he was made a fellow of Balliol College, and was awarded a degree for a thesis on optics which he based on the lectures he had delivered in Edinburgh.

    The original manuscript of the Public Lectures on Optics is held in the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews Library at msQC361.G8 (ms1064), along with other papers of the distinguished Gregory family. These may be viewed by arrangement with Special Collections (email:

    Further biographical details are available in the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive maintained by the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

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  • Shelf Location: msQC361.G8 (ms1064)