Edward Brerewood

(c. 1565—1613) antiquary and mathematician

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Edward Brerewood was born in Chester and died in London on 4 November 1613. He entered Brasenose College, Oxford in 1581, graduating BA in 1587 and MA in 1590. Failing to obtain a Fellowship at Brasenose, he moved for a while to St Mary's Hall. On 26 September 1592 he replied to a disputation in natural philosophy in the presence of Queen Elizabeth. In March 1596 he became the first Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College, London. There he pursued a quiet and scholarly life; although he wrote a number of books on a variety of topics, none were published during his lifetime. Publication was begun by his heir and nephew Robert Brerewood in 1614, and continued until around 1640. His literary heirs and executors seem to have mined his manuscripts after his death for materials to use in theological controversy against the Puritans.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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