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Robert Grosseteste

1175 - 1253

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Robert Grosseteste ( GROHS-test; Latin: Robertus Grosseteste; c. 1168 – 8 or 9 October 1253), also known as Robert Greathead or Robert of Lincoln, was an English statesman, scholastic philosopher, theologian, scientist and Bishop of Lincoln. He was born of humble parents in Suffolk (according to the early 14th-century chronicler Nicholas Trevet), but the associations with the village of Stradbroke is a post-medieval tradition. Upon his death, he was revered as a saint in England, but attempts to procure a formal canonisation failed. A. C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Grosseteste has received more than 344,247 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Robert Grosseteste is the 133rd most popular mathematician (down from 118th in 2019), the 686th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 591st in 2019) and the 13th most popular British Mathematician.

Robert Grosseteste is most famous for being the first person to use the word "scientist" in English. He was also a philosopher, theologian, and scientist.

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Among mathematicians, Robert Grosseteste ranks 133 out of 823Before him are Menelaus of Alexandria, Andrey Markov, Simplicius of Cilicia, Alexis Clairaut, Michel Rolle, and Liu Hui. After him are Jacques Hadamard, Joseph Liouville, Giambattista della Porta, William Oughtred, Vincenzo Viviani, and Robert Aumann.

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Among people born in 1175, Robert Grosseteste ranks 5Before him are Subutai, Andrew II of Hungary, Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor, and Agnes of Merania. After him are Raymond of Penyafort, Comtessa de Dia, Yolanda of Flanders, Albert I, Duke of Saxony, Alexander of Hales, Frederick I, Duke of Austria, and Roger III of Sicily. Among people deceased in 1253, Robert Grosseteste ranks 6Before him are Clare of Assisi, Dōgen, Theobald I of Navarre, Violant of Hungary, and Wenceslaus I of Bohemia. After him are Otto II, Duke of Bavaria, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, Amadeus IV, Count of Savoy, Henry I of Cyprus, Agnes of Assisi, and Vykintas.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Robert Grosseteste ranks 686 out of 7,765Before him are Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (1473), Chris Slade (1946), Naomi Watts (1968), Edgar Wallace (1875), Martin Ryle (1918), and Clementine Churchill (1885). After him are Sawney Bean (1600), Richard of Cornwall (1209), Chris Norman (1950), Jessica Tandy (1909), Eleanor Marx (1855), and Brian Eno (1948).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, Robert Grosseteste ranks 13Before him are John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Andrew Wiles (1953), and Brook Taylor (1685). After him are William Oughtred (1574), Arthur Cayley (1821), James Joseph Sylvester (1814), James Gregory (1638), Colin Maclaurin (1698), and Michael Atiyah (1929).