Stephen Peter Rigaud

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Stephen Peter Rigaud
Born 1774
Died 1839 (aged 64–65)
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford
The Rigaud children by their uncle John Francis Rigaud, 1778 (Ashmolean Museum).

Stephen Peter Rigaud (12 August 1774–16 March 1839) FRAS[1] was an English mathematical historian and astronomer.

From a French Protestant family,[2] his father was Stephen (also known as James Stephen) Rigaud, Observer at the Kew Observatory, and his uncle the portrait painter John Francis Rigaud, who painted a portrait of Rigaud and his sister Mary Anne when he was aged four.

He was a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford from 1794 to 1810, held the Savilian Chair of Geometry at the University of Oxford from 1810 to 1827, and was Savilian Professor of Astronomy from 1827 to 1839.[2] He lived at 21 Richmond Green in Richmond, Surrey (now Richmond, London) from 1815 to 1826.[3] His papers, purchased at Sotheby's in 1978, are held at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.[2] His eldest son, Stephen Jordan Rigaud (1816–1859), was an English clergyman and schoolmaster who became Bishop of Antigua.

Published works[edit]

  • Historical essay on the first publication of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia (First published 1838)



  1. ^ "1840MNRAS...5...22. Page 22". Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "MSS. Rigaud 3-33, 33A, 34-51, 53-7, 60-8 Riguad Papers". Collection Level Description: Savile Collection. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Richmond Green: Properties" (PDF). Richmond Libraries’ Local Studies Collection: Local History Notes. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.