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John Bainbridge

Born: 1582
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England
Died: 3-Nov-1643
Location of death: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Astronomer

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Description of the late Comet

English astronomer, born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. He started as a physician and practiced for some years, kept a school and studied astronomy. Having removed to London, he was admitted (November 6, 1618) a licentiate of the college of physicians, and attracted notice by a publication concerning the comet of 1618. Sir Henry Savile (1549-1622) thereupon appointed him in 1610 to the Savilian chair of astronomy just founded by him at Oxford; Bainbridge was incorporated of Morton College and became, in 1631 and 1635 respectively, junior and senior reader of Linacre's lectures. He died at Oxford on the 3rd of November 1643. He wrote An Astronomical Description of the late Comet (1619); Antiprognosticon (1642); Canicularia (1648); and translated Proclus' De Sphaera, and Ptolemy's De Planetarum Hypothesibus (1620). Several manuscript works by him exist in the library of Trinity College, Dublin.

    Professor: Savilian Chair of Astronomy, Oxford University (1619-)



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