John Wilson (mathematician)

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John Wilson
John Wilson (Mathematician)
Born (1741-08-06)August 6, 1741
Applethwaite, Westmorland
Died October 18, 1793(1793-10-18) (aged 52)
Kendal, Westmorland
Nationality British

John Wilson (6 August 1741, Applethwaite, Westmorland – 18 October 1793, Kendal, Westmorland)[1] was an English mathematician. Wilson's theorem is named after him.

Wilson attended school in Staveley, Cumbria before going up to Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1757,[2] where he was a student of Edward Waring. He was Senior Wrangler in 1761.[2] He was later knighted, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1782. He was Judge of Common Pleas from 1786 until his death in 1793.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Robinson (2003), p. 50.
  2. ^ a b "Wilson, John (WL757J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 


  • C. M. Neale (1907) The Senior Wranglers of the University of Cambridge. Available online
  • Robinson, Derek John Scott. An introduction to abstract algebra. 2003. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-017544-8