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John Arbuthnot

Scottish physician, satirist and polymath in London

1667   -   1735

country of citizenship: Great Britain
language of expression: English
educated at: University of St Andrews, University of Aberdeen
occupation: mathematician, writer, composer, physician
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Harveian Oration

John Arbuthnot FRS (baptised 29 April 1667 – 27 February 1735), often known simply as Dr Arbuthnot, was a Scottish physician, satirist and polymath in London. He is best remembered for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the Scriblerus Club (where he inspired both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels book III and Alexander Pope's Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry, Memoirs of Martin Scriblerus, and possibly The Dunciad), and for inventing the figure of John Bull.
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