Thomas Postlethwaite

Last updated

Thomas Postlethwaite
Thomas Postlethwaite after DB Murphy.jpg
Died4 May 1798(1798-05-04) (aged 66–67)
Bath, Somerset, England
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Scientific career
Fields Mathematician
Institutions Trinity College, Cambridge
Academic advisors Stephen Whisson
Notable students Thomas Jones

Thomas Postlethwaite (1731 4 May 1798) was an English clergyman and Cambridge fellow, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1789 to 1798.



Thomas Postlethwaite was the son of Richard Postlethwaite of Crooklands, near Milnthorpe, Westmorland. He attended St Bees School before entering Trinity College, Cambridge as a sizar in 1749. Graduating BA in 1753, he became a fellow of Trinity in 1755. [1] He was Barnaby lecturer in mathematics in 1758. Ordained in 1756, he was from 1774 until his death Rector of Hamerton. He was appointed Master of Trinity in 1789, and in 1791 served as university Vice-Chancellor. [1] He died at Bath on 4 May 1798 and is buried in Bath Abbey church.

He is mainly remembered for depriving the Cambridge classicist Richard Porson of his income, apparently in an attempt to force him to take Holy Orders. [2]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Trinity College, Cambridge</span> Constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England

Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII, Trinity is one of the largest Cambridge colleges, with the largest financial endowment of any college at either Cambridge or Oxford. Trinity has some of the most distinctive architecture in Cambridge with its Great Court said to be the largest enclosed courtyard in Europe. Academically, Trinity performs exceptionally as measured by the Tompkins Table, coming top from 2011 to 2017. Trinity was the top-performing college for the 2020-21 undergraduate exams, obtaining the highest percentage of good honours.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Richard Porson</span> English classical scholar (1759–1808)

Richard Porson was an English classical scholar. He was the discoverer of Porson's Law. The Greek typeface Porson was based on his handwriting.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thomas Heath (classicist)</span> British civil servant, mathematician, classicist, translator, and mountaineer

Sir Thomas Little Heath was a British civil servant, mathematician, classical scholar, historian of ancient Greek mathematics, translator, and mountaineer. He was educated at Clifton College. Heath translated works of Euclid of Alexandria, Apollonius of Perga, Aristarchus of Samos, and Archimedes of Syracuse into English.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Smith (mathematician)</span> English mathematician

Robert Smith was an English mathematician.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hermann Bondi</span> Austrian-British mathematician and cosmologist (1919–2005)

Sir Hermann Bondi was an Austrian-British mathematician and cosmologist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Horace Lamb</span> English mathematician (1849–1934)

Sir Horace Lamb was a British applied mathematician and author of several influential texts on classical physics, among them Hydrodynamics (1895) and Dynamical Theory of Sound (1910). Both of these books remain in print. The word vorticity was invented by Lamb in 1916.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ascension Parish Burial Ground</span> Cemetery in Cambridge, England

The Ascension Parish Burial Ground, formerly known as the burial ground for the parish of St Giles and St Peter's, is a cemetery off Huntingdon Road in Cambridge, England. Many notable University of Cambridge academics are buried there, including three Nobel Prize winners.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Peter Swinnerton-Dyer</span> British mathematician

Sir Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, 16th Baronet, was an English mathematician specialising in number theory at the University of Cambridge. As a mathematician he was best known for his part in the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture relating algebraic properties of elliptic curves to special values of L-functions, which was developed with Bryan Birch during the first half of the 1960s with the help of machine computation, and for his work on the Titan operating system.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl of Chesterfield</span> British politician and diplomat

Philip Stanhope, 5th Earl of Chesterfield KG, PC, FRS, FSA, known as Philip Stanhope until 1773, was a British politician and diplomat. He was British Ambassador to Spain between 1784 and 1787, Master of the Mint between 1789 and 1790, Joint Postmaster General between 1790 and 1798 and Master of the Horse between 1798 and 1804.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Hellins</span>

John Hellins FRS was a British autodidact, schoolteacher, mathematician, astronomer and country parson.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">William Lort Mansel</span>

William Lort Mansel was an English churchman and Cambridge fellow. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1798 to his death in 1820, and also Bishop of Bristol from 1808 to 1820.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thomas Jones (mathematician)</span> Welsh mathematician

Thomas Jones was Head Tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge, for twenty years and an outstanding teacher of mathematics. He is notable as a mentor of Adam Sedgwick.

Leonard Maw (sometimes seen as "Mawe" was a Bishop of Bath and Wells and a Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Richard Beadon</span> Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1802 to 1824

Richard Beadon was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge 1781–1789 and later Vice-Chancellor of the University, Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Bath and Wells.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Thomas Elrington (bishop)</span>

Thomas Elrington was an Irish academic and bishop. He was Donegall Lecturer in Mathematics (1790-1795) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). While at TCD he also served as Erasmus Smith's Professor of Mathematics (1795–1799) and as Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy (1799–1807). Later, he was Provost of Trinity College Dublin (1811-1820), then Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe (1820-1822), and finally Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin till his death in Liverpool in 1835.

John Porter was an 18th-century Anglican bishop in Ireland.

William Pearce (1744–1820) was an English clergyman and academic, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 1789 and Dean of Ely from 1797.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Ellys (Caius)</span>

Sir John Ellys or Ellis (1634?–1716) was an English academic, Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1703.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Michael Proctor (academic)</span> British physicist and mathematician

Michael Richard Edward Proctor is a British physicist, mathematician, and academic. He is Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge and, since his election in 2013, the Provost of King's College, Cambridge and school governor at Eton College.


  1. 1 2 "Postlethwaite, Thomas (PSTT749T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. E.H.Barker, Literary Reminiscences, vol 2, 1852, p. 9.
Academic offices
Preceded by Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Succeeded by