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William Jones (mathematician)

Sir William Jones (1675 - 3 July 1749) was a mathematician.

He owed his successful career partly to the patronage of the distinguished Bulkeley family of north Wales, and later to the Earl of Macclesfield.

As a mathematician, his main claim to fame is that he proposed the use of the symbol π (the Greek letter pi) to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. He became a close friend of Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Edmund Halley. In 1712, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, and was later its Vice-President.

His son, also named William Jones, was a famous philologist who discovered the Indo-European language group.

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