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John Bainbridge (1582 – November 3, 1643) was an Englishmarker astronomer.


Bainbridge was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouchmarker, in Leicestershiremarker. He started as a physician and practised for some years, kept a school and studied astronomy. Having removed to Londonmarker, he was admitted (November 6, 1618) a licentiate of the college of physicians, and was noticed due to a publication concerning the comet of 1618.Sir Henry Savile (1549-1622) then appointed him in 1610 to the Savilian chair of astronomy just founded by him at Oxfordmarker; Bainbridge was incorporated of Merton Collegemarker and became, in 1631 and 1635 respectively, junior and senior reader of Linacre's lectures.

He died at Oxfordmarker on November 3, 1643. He was a friend of Christopher Heydon, the writer on astrology.


He wrote An Astronomical Description of the late Comet (1619); Canicularia (1648); and translated Proclus' De Sphaera, and Ptolemy's De Planetarum Hypothesibus (1620). Several manuscript works by him exist in the Librarymarker of Trinity College, Dublinmarker.

His papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston Universitymarker


  • Andrew Pyle (editor), Dictionary of Seventeenth Century British Philosophers (2000), article pp. 52-4.

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