John Wallis

John Wallis
1616 - 1703
John Wallis  British Scientist

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First Name John
Last Name Wallis
Birthday 3rd December, 1616
Birthplace Ashford, Kent, England
Died 1703
Place of Death Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Nationality British
Occupation Scientist

John Wallis (; 3 December [O.S. 23 November] 1616 – 8 November [O.S. 28 October] 1703) was an English clergyman and mathematician who is given partial credit for the development of infinitesimal calculus. Between 1643 and 1689 he served as chief cryptographer for Parliament and, later, the royal court. He is credited with introducing the symbol ∞ to represent the concept of infinity. He similarly used 1/∞ for an infinitesimal. John Wallis was a contemporary of Newton and one of the greatest intellectuals of the early renaissance of mathematics.

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