Savilian Chairs

Savilian Chairs of Geometry and Astronomy


The Savilian Chair of Geometry was founded in 1619 at the University of Oxford by Henry Savile. See Savile's biography for details of what the professors were required to teach.

1619 Henry Briggs
1631 Peter Turner
1649 John Wallis
1704 Edmond Halley
1742 Nathaniel Bliss
1765 Joseph Betts
1766 John Smith
1797 Abraham Robertson
1810 Stephen Peter Rigaud
1827 Baden Powell
1861 Henry John Stephen Smith
1883 James Joseph Sylvester
1897 William Esson
1920 Godfrey Harold Hardy
1932 Edward Charles Titchmarsh
1963 Michael Francis Atiyah
1969 Ioan MacKenzie James
1995 Richard Lawrence Taylor
1997 Nigel James Hitchin

Savilian Chair of Astronomy

The Savilian Chair of Astronomy was also founded in 1619. Again, see Savile's biography for details of what the professors were required to teach.

1619 John Bainbridge
1643 John Greaves
1649 Seth Ward
1661 Christopher Wren
1673 Edward Bernard
1691 David Gregory
1708 John Caswell
1712 John Keill
1721 James Bradley
1763 Thomas Hornsby
1810 Abraham Robertson
1827 Stephen Peter Rigaud
1839 George Henry Sacheverell Johnson
1842 William Fishburn Donkin
1870 Charles Pritchard
1893 Herbert Hall Turner
1932 Harry Hemley Plaskett
1960 Donald Eustace Blackwell
1988 George Petros Efstathiou
1999 Joseph Ivor Silk


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