Gerald J. Toomer

Gerald J. Toomer
Born (1934-11-23) 23 November 1934
Aldershot, Hampshire
Nationality British
Fields History of science
Institutions Brown University
Utrecht University
Doctoral students Jan Hogendijk
Jacques Sesiano
Peter Solon

Gerald James Toomer (born 23 November 1934) is a historian of astronomy and mathematics who has written numerous books and papers on ancient Greek and medieval Islamic astronomy. In particular, he translated Ptolemy's Almagest into English.

Formerly a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, he moved to Brown University as a special student in 1959 to study "the history of mathematics in antiquity and the transmission of these systems through Arabic into medieval Europe."[1] He joined the History of Mathematics department in 1963, became an associate professor in 1965, and was the chairman from 1980 to 1986.[2][3]

Some works

See also


  1. Martha Mitchell. "History of Mathematics" in Encyclopedia Brunoniana.
  2. Author biography from publisher's web site for Ptolemy's Almagest.
  3. Swerdlow, N. M. (1998), Otto E. Neugebauer 1899–1990 (PDF), United States National Academy of Science.

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