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Gunter, Edmund

(1581--1626)

Mathematician and astronomer, born in Hertfordshire, SE England, UK. He studied at Oxford, became professor of astronomy in Gresham College, London, and invented many measuring instruments that bear his name; Gunter's chain, the 22-yard-long, 100-link chain used by surveyors; Gunter's line, the forerunner of the modern slide-rule; Gunter's scale, a two-foot rule with scales of chords, tangents and logarithmic lines for solving navigational problems; and the portable Gunter's quadrant. He made the first observation of the variation of the magnetic compass, and introduced the words cosine and cotangent into the language of trigonometry.


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