Sedbergh, Yorkshire

John Dawson (1734-1820), surgeon and self-taught mathematician, was such a successful teacher of mathematics that students came from Cambridge to study with him in Sedbergh, Yorkshire (now in Cumbria, about 20 miles north of Lancaster). His pupils included 12 Cambridge Senior Wranglers during 1781-1807 and George Birkbeck. Some of his pupils erected a portrait monument to him in Sedbergh Church, in whose churchyard he is buried. There is a Dawson's Rock in nearby Garsdale where he mused on his system of conics. He was born nearby at Rangill Farm.

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