James Gregory

1638 - 1675

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James Gregory (November 1638 – October 1675) was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. His surname is sometimes spelt as Gregorie, the original Scottish spelling. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Gregory has received more than 27,750 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). James Gregory is the 183rd most popular mathematician (down from 151st in 2019), the 863rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 771st in 2019) and the 19th most popular British Mathematician.

James Gregory is most famous for his invention of the reflecting telescope.

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Over the past year James Gregory has had the most page views in the with 4,580 views, followed by Russian (3,024), and English (2,670). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (230.00%), Malagasy (88.72%), and Piedmontese (84.51%)


Among mathematicians, James Gregory ranks 183 out of 1,004Before him are Édouard Lucas, Conon of Samos, Ernst Zermelo, Leo Perutz, Rafael Bombelli, and Ibn Yunus. After him are Menaechmus, Vito Volterra, Jan Łukasiewicz, Ahmes, Georg von Peuerbach, and Jean Gaston Darboux.

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Among people born in 1638, James Gregory ranks 11Before him are Nicolas Steno, Catherine of Braganza, Emperor Go-Sai, Meindert Hobbema, Olympia Mancini, Countess of Soissons, and Elisabetta Sirani. After him are Christoph Cellarius, Frederik Ruysch, Ernst Rüdiger von Starhemberg, Carlo Fontana, Pierre Magnol, and John Charles, Count Palatine of Gelnhausen. Among people deceased in 1675, James Gregory ranks 6Before him are Johannes Vermeer, Gerrit Dou, Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, and Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. After him are Thomas Willis, Gilles de Roberval, Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, and Leopoldo de' Medici.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Gregory ranks 863 out of 8,785Before him are Mary Kingsley (1862), Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (1430), Thomas Cavendish (1560), Malcolm IV of Scotland (1141), George Canning (1770), and Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443). After him are Andy Serkis (1964), Simon Cowell (1959), Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (1428), Nevill Francis Mott (1905), Boris Karloff (1887), and Rishi Sunak (1980).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, James Gregory ranks 19Before him are Colin Maclaurin (1698), Oliver Heaviside (1850), William Oughtred (1574), Robert Grosseteste (1175), Arthur Cayley (1821), and James Joseph Sylvester (1814). After him are Michael Atiyah (1929), Henry Briggs (1561), Johannes de Sacrobosco (1195), Robert Recorde (1512), Thomas Simpson (1710), and John Horton Conway (1937).