Robert Sinclair

Biography of Robert Sinclair

Robert Sinclair was professor of Mathematics at the University from 1699 to 1711.

The University historian James Coutts reports that Sinclair held the degree of MD, and he seems to have been a man of broad education. In 1703, he was appointed a "professor extraordinaire of Medicine" in order to preside over an examining board which awarded the degree of MD to an English medical student. In 1704, after the death of the regent John Tran, he was entrusted with the teaching of Hebrew.

In December 1709, Simpson became involved in a dispute with the Principal, John Stirling, over the allocation of a Royal grant. He declined to apologise for disparaging the Principal and masters of the University during a visit to London and was forced to resign the following year.


Robert Sinclair
Mathematician and Physician

University Link: Professor
Occupation categories: mathematicians; physicians
Record last updated: 3rd Jul 2008

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