Person: Gellibrand, Henry
Henry Gellibrand was an English clergyman who worked on magnetic declination and who made mathematical contributions to navigation.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Gellibrand succeeded Gunter to the chair of astronomy in Gresham College, London in 1627.
- Gellibrand's most famous scientific discovery was the change over the years in magnetic declination.
- Gellibrand published his findings in A discourse mathematical of the variation of the magneticall needle together with its admirable diminution lately discovered (1635).
- Gellibrand, on the other hand, was observing in Gresham College.
- The time difference allowed Gellibrand to compute the difference in longitude between the two points of observation and he published the results in Appendix concerning Longitude (1633).
- Gellibrand also published logarithm and trigonometrical tables.
- Although only 39 years of age, Gellibrand retired in 1836 to Mayfield in Sussex.
Born 17 November 1597, Aldersgate, London, England. Died 16 February 1637, London, England.
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Astronomy, Origin England
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive