The Severn Bridge, crossing to Wales from England

    Scientists: Inventors, Researchers, Engineers, Mathematicians

    Scientists seem to spend so much time behind-the-scenes it's actually rare for someone to gain enough public  aknoledgement to appear on a famous list. When this happens it's usually because their discoveries and inventions have made them wealthy businessmen (or women). If you check our business listings you'll see this. Meanwhile we do have some notable names including Alan Cox, Dr Evan Pierce, Herbert Stuart, John Ddu and of course mathematician  Robert Recorde.

    William Jones, mathematician from Anglesey, North Wales

    William Jones

    Sir William JonesA noted mathematician, published author and early naval navigator. First to use 'Pi' (1706) as a mathematical symbol.

    He was a friend of Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley. Father of William Jones the philologist who identified the Indo-European language group which connects many early languages (Sanskrit, Greek, Latin - even Welsh) together.

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