Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Strode, Thomas

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STRODE, THOMAS (fl. 1642–1688), mathematician, son of Thomas Strode of Shepton-Mallet, Somerset, was born about 1626. He matriculated from University College, Oxford, on 1 July 1642. After remaining there about two years, he travelled for a time in France with his tutor, Abraham Woodhead [q. v.], and then returning settled at Maperton, Somerset. Strode was the author of: 1. ‘A Short Treatise of the Combinations, Elections, Permutations, and Composition of Quantities,’ London, 1678, 4to, in which, besides dealing with permutations and combinations, he treats of some cases of probability. 2. ‘A New and Easie Method to the Art of Dyalling, containing: (1) all Horizontal Dyals, all Upright Dyals, &c.; (2) the most Natural and Easie Way of describing the Curve-Lines of the Sun's Declination on any Plane,’ London, 1688, 4to.

Another Thomas Strode (1628–1699), serjeant-at-law, born at Shepton-Mallet in 1628, was son of Sir John Strode of that place by his second wife, Anne, daughter of Sir John Wyndham of Orchard. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1657, became serjeant-at-law in 1677, and, dying without male issue on 4 Feb. 1698–9, was buried at Beaminster (Hutchins, Dorset, 1864, ii. 130).

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, iv. 448; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1500–1714.]

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