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Encyclopedia > Savilian chair of geometry

The Savilian Chair of Geometry is the position of professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford in England. The holder is now a member of the University's Mathematical Institute.

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History

In 1619 Sir Henry Savile founded a chair of Geometry and a Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford.


Savile required that the professor of geometry teach the whole of Euclid's Elements, Apollonius's Conics and the complete works of Archimedes. His course notes had to be deposited in the University Library. He was also required to show the practical applications of mathematics, teach arithmetic, mechanics and the theory of music.


List of Savilian Professors

See Also

The Lucasian professor is a similiar position at the University of Cambridge


External links

  • The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive  (http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Societies/Savilian.html)
  • a lecture on the history of mathematics at Oxford University  (http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/about/history/)

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The Savilian Chair of Geometry is the position of professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford in England.
In 1619 Sir Henry Savile founded a chair of Geometry and a Chair of Astronomy at the University of Oxford.
Savile required that the professor of geometry teach the whole of Euclid's Elements, Apollonius's Conics and the complete works of Archimedes.
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