1893 text

Jonas Moore was born at Whitley, Lancashire, February 8th, 1617, and was appointed by Charles I. tutor to the Duke of York. Soon after the Restoration he was knighted and made Surveyor-General of the Ordnance. He was famous as a mathematician, and was one of the founders of the Royal Society. He died August 27th, 1679, and at his funeral sixty pieces of ordnance were discharged at the Tower.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Aubrey on Jonas Moore

"Sir Jonas Moore was born at Whitelee, in Lancashire, towards the bishopric of Durham. He was inclined to mathematics when a boy, which some kind friends of his (whom he mentions in the preface of his first edition of his Arithmetic, and Edmund WyId esquire) and afterwards Mr Oughtred, more fully informed him; and then he taught gentlemen in London, which was his livelihood. ..."


Bill  •  Link

MOORE, Sir JONAS (1617-1679), mathematician; clerk to Dr. Burghill, chancellor of Durham; mathematical tutor to the Duke of York, 1647; surveyor of Fen drainage system, 1649, publishing an account, 1685; sent to report on fortifications of Tangier, 1663; knighted; surveyor-general of the ordnance, 1663; published 'Arithmetik,' 1650, a 'New System of the Mathematicks,' (posthumous, 1681), and other works.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Sir Jonas Moore, FRS (1617–1679) was an English mathematician, surveyor, Ordnance Officer and patron of astronomy. He participated in two of the most ambitious English civil engineering projects of the 17th century: the draining of the Great Level of the Fens and the building of the Mole at Tangier. In later life, his wealth and influence as Surveyor General of the Ordnance enabled him to become a patron and principal driving force behind the establishment of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Moore

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