– The fifth Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, is a relative unknown in the history of the field.
– Before Colson came to Cambridge, he had been the master at a mathematical school at Rochester. He was first educated at Christ Church Oxford, but never graduated.
1713 – He was elected to the Royal Society. In the later years of his life he was also the rector of Lokington in Yorkshire.
1728 – He moved to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he received his M.A., when he was forty-eight years old.
1736 – He published an English version of Newton’s Method of Fluxions and Infinite Series originally written in Latin.
– He also published the English edition of Geometrica Analytica by Newton.
1739 – He was elected to the Lucasian Chair in May.
1760 – Died at 80 years of age.
1761 – An edition of Newton’s Arithmetica universalis was published in Latin with Colson’s commentary, also in Latin.
1801 – Colson showed himself to be ahead of his times by his translation of Analyitical Institutions written originally in Italian by Donna Maria Agnesi, a professor of mathematics and philosophy at the University of Bolgna.
– It was published forty one years after his death.