Mathematician:William Neile

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English mathematician whose most important work was on the rectification of the semicubical parabola, which was an important stage in the development of calculus.




  • Born: 16 Dec 1637, Bishopsthorpe (near York), England
  • 1652: Entered Wadham College, Oxford
  • 1655: Matriculated
  • 1657: Became the first person to find the arc length of an algebraic curve, by his rectification of the semicubical parabola
  • 7 Jan 1663: Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 11 April 1666: Became a member of the Council of the Royal Society
  • 29 April 1669: Presented Hypothesis of Motion to the Royal Society
  • Died: 24 Aug 1670, White Waltham, Berkshire, England

Theorems and Definitions

Definitions of concepts named for William Neile can be found here.


  • 1659: Contribution towards John Wallis's De Cycloide et de Corporibus inde Genitis
  • 1669: Hypothesis of Motion

Also known as

His surname sometimes rendered as Neil.