# Newland, Peter

, a Dutch author, was the son of
a carpenter at Dimmermeer, near Amsterdam, and was
| born in 1764. In his childhood he evinced extraordinary
proofs of genius, and at the age of ten years produced
some excellent pieces of poetry, and was, even then, able
to solve problems in mathematics without having had any
instruction from a master. The Batavian government appointed him one of the commissioners of longitude, and he
was successively professor of mathematics and philosophy
at Utrecht and Amsterdam. He died in 1794. He was
author of several works, among which may be mentioned
the following: 1. Poems in the Dutch language; 2. A
tract on the means of enlightening a People; 3. On the
general utility of the Mathematics; 4. Of the System of
Lavoisier; and 5. A treatise on Navigation. To these may
be added treatises on the form of the globe on the course
of comets, and the uncertainty of their return and on
the method of ascertaining the latitude at sea. ^{1}