Charles Hutton 'One of the Greatest Mathematicians in Europe'?

9 May 2016
Benjamin Wardhaugh

Part of the series 'What do historians of mathematics do?'

I'm currently working on a biography of Charles Hutton (1737–1823): pit lad, FRS, and professor of Mathematics. No-one much has heard of him today, but to his contemporaries he was "one of the greatest mathematicians in Europe". I'll give an outline of his remarkable story and say something about why he's worth my time.