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Jane Squire published in 1742 her single text, a scientific or crypto-scientific treatise explaining her proposed method of ascertaining longitude. She may not have solved this scientific enigma, but she is remarkable as a female mathematician and astronomer of proto-feminist views.
By 6 May 1686 JS was born in York; this was the date of her baptism. Bibliographic Citation link.
Christmas Day 1732 JS had the engraving made of an astronomical chart (beautifully lettered but wrongly headed LODGITUDE) for binding into her book. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 2 February 1742 JS published, "for the Author" and with her name, her scientific treatise A Proposal for Discovering our Longitude. Bibliographic Citation link.
4 April 1743 JS died in London, her longitude project still unrealised. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 June 1743 Scholar Thomas Rawlins wrote to George Ballard (then working on his collection of women's lives) about the work of JS: he believed her longitude method to be feasible. He mentioned only obliquely that she had just died. Bibliographic Citation link.
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