Laurence Rooke

(c. 1619—1662) astronomer

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Laurence Rooke was born in Deptford on 13 March 1622 and died in London on 27 June 1662. The eldest son of George Rooke of Monkshorton, Kent, he entered Eton College in 1639, and in June of the following year was admitted Scholar of King's College, Cambridge. Rooke was of a sickly constitution and was admitted BA in 1643 by proxy due to illness. The same year he was also elected Fellow of the House, and he graduated MA in 1647. Rooke then returned home where he pursued his scientific studies – undoubtedly encouraged by his father, whose interest in the mathematical sciences is evident from the fact that he had once been a student of Galileo, as well as from the books and instruments he bequeathed his son upon his death in 1649.


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