Albury, Surrey

William Oughtred (1574-1660), the inventor of the slide rule, was Rector of Albury from 1608 or 1610 until his death. Here he tutored many young mathematicians of the time, including Wallis, Ward, Moore, Scarburgh and Wren; and all English mathematicians for the next century, including Isaac Newton, learned algebra from his Clavis mathematicae (1631). Seth Ward stayed here with Oughtred after his expulsion from Cambridge during the Civil War.

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