James Wood (mathematician)
Wood was born in Holcombe where his father ran an evening school and taught his son the elements of arithmetic and algebra. From Bury Grammar School he proceeded to St John's College, Cambridge in 1778, graduating as senior wrangler in 1782. On graduating he became a fellow of the college and in his long tenure there produced several successful academic textbooks for students of mathematics.
Wood remained for sixty years at St. John's, serving as both President (1802–1815) and Master (1815–1839); on his death in 1839 he was interred in the college chapel and bequeathed his extensive library to the college, comprising almost 4,500 printed books on classics, history, mathematics, theology and travel, dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
- The Elements of Algebra (1795)
- The Principles of Mechanics (1796)
- The Elements of Optics (1798)
- Dictionary of National Biography, accessed 16 Jan 2010
- "Wood, James (WT778J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- St John's College, Cambridge website
- W. W. Rouse Ball, A History of the Study of Mathematics at Cambridge University, 1889, repr. Cambridge University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-108-00207-3, p. 110
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|Master of St John's College, Cambridge