John Greaves 1602-1652

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John GREAVES 1602-1652

Biographical Note

Born at Alresford, Hampshire. Son of John Greaves (1579–1616), schoolmaster and rector of Colmer. Graduated from Balliol College, Oxford in 1623; fellow at Merton College in 1624. Appointed professor of geometry at Gresham College, London in 1631. In 1637, Greaves and Edward Pococke travelled to Constantinople, and visited Alexandria, Rhodes and Cairo before returning to England in 1640. Appointed Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford in 1643, but was expelled in 1648 following the parliamentary visitation.


A library of more than 375 volumes, valued at £59 11s 4d, was seized from his London house by the London Committee for Sequestration in 1643. An inventory of the books survives in the Committee's records in The National Archives.