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Bradwardine, Thomas (the Profound Doctor)

Born: 1290? AD
Died: 1349 AD.

Nationality: English
Categories: Archbishops


1290 - The birth of Thomas Bradwardine. He was the archbishop of Canterbury, theologian, and mathematician.

         - Bradwardine studied at Merton College, Oxford, and became a proctor.

1328 - Bradwardine also wrote works on mathematics. In the treatise De proportionibus velocitatum in motibus, he asserted that an arithmetic increase in velocity corresponds with a geometric increase in the original ratio of force to resistance.

1335-1337 - He moved to London and was made chancellor of St. Paul's Cathedral.

         - He became a royal chaplain and confessor to King Edward III.

1344 - Bradwardine's most famous work in his day was a treatise on grace and free will entitled De causa Dei, in which he so stressed the divine concurrence with all human volition that his followers concluded from it a universal determinism.

1349 - He was made archbishop of Canterbury but died of the plague soon afterward during the Black Death.

         - He died on August 26th in London.


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