# Canterbury, Kent

##### Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles

Several mathematical scholars have been archbishop of Canterbury. The most notable was

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**Thomas Bradwardine**(c1290-1349), a leader of the Merton School at Oxford, who is buried in St Anselm's Chapel; a brass plate marks the spot. He died of the Black Death in 1349.**St Anselm**(c1033-1109), known for his ontological 'proof' of the existence of God, was archbishop from 1093. A chapel was consecrated to him in 2006See THIS LINK

**John Pecham**(c1230-1292), archbishop in 1279-1292, was a mathematician and student of optics.**William Laud**(1573-1645), archbishop from 1633 until his execution at the Tower of London, was a mathematician and taught at St John's, Oxford, to which he left his collection of mathematical instruments.**Frederick Temple**(1821-1902), archbishop from 1896, is, as a mathematician, best known for his earlier erroneous attempt on the Four Colour Theorem. He is buried in the cloister garth with a memorial stone carved by Eric Gill. A statue of him at prayer is nearby in the Corona.See THIS LINK

**William Frend**(1757 1841) was born in Canterbury. Perhaps best known as**Augustus De Morgan**'s father-in-law, he was a radical Cambridge fellow and a leading opponent of the use of negative numbers in the early 19C. This sounds a bit negative, but a coherent definition did not arise for another generation and the opposition of mathematicians such as Frend was a major driving force in the development of proper foundations.There are mathematical tiles in Canterbury: see THIS LINK

The Mathematical Gazetteer of the British Isles was created by David Singmaster.

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