Bryan Robinson

(1680—1754) physician and author

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Bryan Robinson died in Dublin on 26 January 1754. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he was awarded MB in 1709 and MD in 1711, he went on to make his career there as Lecturer in Anatomy from 1716 and Professor of Physics from 1745. He became a Fellow of the King and Queen's College of Physicians in Ireland in May 1712, and was President of the College in 1718, 1727 and 1739. He also maintained a highly successful medical practice in Dublin. Robinson's first published work was a translation of P. de la Hire's New Elements of Conick Sections (1704), which he dedicated to his ‘best friend’, John Harris. As Harris was giving public lectures on mathematics in London from 1698 to 1704, and private tuition at his house from 1702, it is possible that Robinson acquired his mathematical expertise under Harris's tuition. Certainly Harris suggested that Robinson should prepare this translation. Harris, who later published and translated an influential short piece by Isaac Newton, De natura acidorum (1710), may also have been the inspiration behind Robinson's subsequent devoted Newtonianism.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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