Henry Harington (1727-1816)
© National Portrait Gallery

September 29, 1727, Kelston, Somerset, England.

January 15, 1816, Bath, Somerset, England.

Kelston, Somerset, England.

Harington’s parents were Henry Harington and Mary Blackwell. He entered Queen’s College, Oxford, 1745, and matriculated at the University the following day (BA 1749, MA 1752, Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine, 1762). He established himself as a physician in Wells in 1763, moved to Bath in 1771, and was elected mayor of Bath in 1793. He founded the Harmonic Society in Bath, and spent his leisure time composing glees, catches, and songs.

A tablet was erected to his memory in Bath Abbey, on which is a curious mathematical figure highly suggestive of a proposition in Euclid, but which is really a design showing the ratios of the vibration numbers in the various intervals of the major scale.

Lightwood, p. 358

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