Joshua Oldfield was born in Carsington, Derbyshire on 2 December 1656 and died on 8 November 1729. He studied at Lincoln College, Oxford, but did not take a degree; he acquired a DD by diploma from Edinburgh University in May 1709. He held various posts as a Presbyterian minister, formed a dissenting academy for training students for the ministry, and was generally regarded as an excellent preacher. He was a mathematician and a friend of Newton and Locke.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.