Whiston, William (16671752)

Whiston, William, divine and mathematician, born in Leicestershire; educated at Clare College, Cambridge, of which he became a Fellow; gained reputation from his “Theory of the Earth”; succeeded Sir Isaac Newton as Lucasian professor, but was discharged from the office and expelled from the university for Arianism; removed to London, where he lived a separatist from the Church, and died a Baptist; wrote “Primitive Christianity,” and translated “Josephus”; he was a crotchety but a conscientious man (16671752).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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