The autobiography of John Wallis, F. R. S

@article{Scriba1970TheAO,
  title={The autobiography of John Wallis, F. R. S},
  author={Christoph J. Scriba},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={1970},
  volume={25},
  pages={17 - 46}
}
  • C. J. Scriba
  • Published 1 June 1970
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
In old age John Wallis (1616-1703) wrote an autobiography in response to the repeated requests of his friend Thomas Smith (1638-1710). Apart from the purely biographical interest, it is a valuable historical source for the origins of the Royal Society and for the Assembly of Divines at Westminster in the 1640s. Besides the final version, excerpts of which have often been quoted, there still exists Wallis’s first draft of this autobiography—though unfortunately incomplete and, to the best of my… 
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