Henry Coddington

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Henry Coddington (1798/9, Oldbridge, County Meath — 3 March 1845, Rome) was an English natural philosopher, fellow and tutor of Trinity College, Cambridge and Church of England clergyman.[1]


Henry Coddington was the son of Latham Coddington, Rector of Timolin, Kildare. Admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1816, Coddingtion graduated BA as Senior Wrangler in 1820,[2] and first Smith's prizeman; proceeded M.A. in 1823, and obtained a fellowship and sub-tutorship in his college. He retired to the college living of Ware in Hertfordshire, and in the discharge of his clerical duties burst a blood-vessel, thereby fatally injuring his health.[3]

Coddington was vicar of Ware, Hertfordshire from 1832 to 1845.[2] Advised to try a southern climate, he travelled abroad, and died at Rome 3 March 1845.[3]


He married a daughter of Dr. Batten, principal of Haileybury College, and left seven children.[3]


He wrote chiefly on optics, in particular An Elementary Treatise on Optics.[4] He also made the Coddington magnifier popular. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in February, 1829.[5]


His name occurs on the first list of members of the British Association. He was one of the earliest members of the Royal Astronomical Society,[6] was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Society, and sat on the council of the latter body in 1831-2.[3]


  1. ^ Henry Coddington in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ a b "Coddington, Henry (CDNN816H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b c d Clerke 1887.
  4. ^ An Elementary Treatise on Optics
  5. ^ "Library and Archive catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "1846MNRAS...7Q..48. Page 48". articles.adsabs.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-02-05. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainClerke, Agnes Mary (1887). "Coddington, Henry". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 202–203. 


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