**Thomas Bradwardine**(c1290-1349), a leader of the Merton School at Oxford, who is buried in St. Anselm's Chapel; a brass plate marks the spot. He died of the Black Death in 1349.

**St. Anselm**(c1033-1109), known for his ontological 'proof' of the existence of God, was archbishop from 1093.

**John Pecham**(c1230-1292), archbishop in 1279-1292, was a mathematician and student of optics.

**William Laud** (1573-1645), archbishop from 1633 until his execution at the Tower of London, was a mathematician and taught at St. John's, Oxford, to which he left his collection of mathematical instruments.

**Frederick Temple** (1821-1902), archbishop from 1896, is, as a mathematician, best known for his earlier erroneous attempt on the Four Colour Theorem. He is buried in the cloister garth.

**William Frend** (1757 1841) was born in Canterbury. Perhaps best known as **Augustus De Morgan**'s father-in-law, he was a radical Cambridge fellow and a leading opponent of the use of negative numbers in the early 19C. This sounds a bit negative, but a coherent definition did not arise for another generation and the opposition of mathematicians such as Frend was a major driving force in the development of proper foundations.

There are mathematical tiles in Canterbury: see THIS LINK

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