Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Simpson, Nathaniel

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SIMPSON, NATHANIEL (1599–1642), mathematician, born at Skipton in Yorkshire in 1599, was probably a member of the family of Simpson of Havery Park. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, matriculating on 10 May 1616, and graduating B.A. on 25 Nov. 1619, and M.A. on 26 May 1623. In 1630 Simpson was created a fellow of the college, and in the following year took the degree of B.D. He died, unmarried, on 23 Oct. 1642.

In 1622 he published a work entitled ‘Arithmeticæ Compendium,’ for the use of the juniors of the college. It is exceedingly scarce. The British Museum possessed a copy, but it has been missing since 1893.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, iii. 37; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1500–1714, iv. 1358; Notes and Queries, 6th ser. iv. 250, 416.]

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