Isaac Barrow (1630-1677), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
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Isaac Barrow was a mathematician and classical scholar, recognised today for his role in the development of modern calculus. During the 1650s Barrow wrote several concise Latin editions of the Greek mathematicians, utilising symbols for brevity. A Royalist at the time of the civil war, he travelled abroad from 1655 to 1659. The Restoration enabled him to take up various academic posts and in 1663 he was selected as the first occupant of the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge, where he was instrumental in institutionalising the study of mathematics. In 1669 he resigned in favour of his pupil, Isaac Newton. He was made Master of Trinity College in 1673, a post he held until his death.
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