William Oughtred

1574 - 1660

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William Oughtred ( AWT-ed; 5 March 1574 – 30 June 1660), also Owtred, Uhtred, etc., was an English mathematician and Anglican clergyman. After John Napier invented logarithms and Edmund Gunter created the logarithmic scales (lines, or rules) upon which slide rules are based, Oughtred was the first to use two such scales sliding by one another to perform direct multiplication and division. He is credited with inventing the slide rule in about 1622. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Oughtred has received more than 208,300 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. William Oughtred is the 125th most popular mathematician (up from 146th in 2019), the 626th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 683rd in 2019) and the 14th most popular British Mathematician.

William Oughtred is most famous for his invention of the slide rule, a device that allowed people to do math without using an abacus.

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Among mathematicians, William Oughtred ranks 125 out of 828Before him are Hermann Weyl, Émile Borel, Alexis Clairaut, Giambattista della Porta, Theon of Alexandria, and Thābit ibn Qurra. After him are Marian Rejewski, Joseph Liouville, Grigori Perelman, Scipione del Ferro, Vincenzo Viviani, and Aleksandr Lyapunov.

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Among people born in 1574, William Oughtred ranks 4Before him are Pope Innocent X, Handan Sultan, and Anne of Denmark. After him are Maria Anna of Bavaria, Maria Christina, Princess of Transylvania, Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, Robert Fludd, Wilhelm Kettler, Feng Menglong, Elisabeth of Lorraine, and John Wilbye. Among people deceased in 1660, William Oughtred ranks 6Before him are Diego Velázquez, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Vincent de Paul, Gaston, Duke of Orléans, and Pieter Claesz. After him are Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, Judith Leyster, Louise de Marillac, Francesco Albani, Alexandre de Rhodes, and Paul Scarron.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Oughtred ranks 626 out of 6,924Before him are Tim Curry (1946), Thomas Cranmer (1489), A. A. Milne (1882), Thomas Malory (1405), Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784), and Edgar Wallace (1875). After him are Leslie Howard (1893), Wilkie Collins (1824), Henry the Young King (1155), David Irving (1938), Jacqueline du Pré (1945), and Martin Ryle (1918).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, William Oughtred ranks 14Before him are Thomas Harriot (1560), John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), Brook Taylor (1685), John Horton Conway (1937), and Robert Grosseteste (1175). After him are Andrew Wiles (1953), James Joseph Sylvester (1814), Arthur Cayley (1821), Michael Atiyah (1929), James Gregory (1638), and John Edensor Littlewood (1885).