Henry Briggs

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Henry Briggs

Name: Henry Briggs

Born: February 1561, in Warley Wood, Yorkshire, England

Death: January 26, 1630 (Age: 68)

Computer-related contributions

  • English mathematician known for changing the original logarithms invented by John Napier into common (base 10) logarithms, which are sometimes known as Briggsian logarithms in his honor.

Significant publications

  • A Table to find the Height of the Pole (1602).
  • Tables for the Improvement of Navigation (1610).
  • A Treatise on the North-West Passage to the South Sea (1622).

Honors and awards

  • The lunar crater Briggs is named in his honor.