Thomas Hollis (1659 – January 21, 1731)[note 1] was a wealthy English merchant and benefactor of Harvard University. In 1721, he established the Hollis Chair of Divinity at Harvard, with a salary of £80 per year. In 1726, he also endowed the Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy with the same amount. The town of Holliston, Massachusetts is named for him.
- ^ While most accounts indicate that Hollis died in 1731, the issue of The Harvard Graduates' Magazine that provides his date of death also lists 1730 as a tentative year.