Whittaker, J.W., c 1795-1854 (clergyman)
- Existence: c 1795 - 1854
J.W. Whittaker was educated at Bradford Grammar School and St. John's College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1810. He graduated BA (thirteenth wrangler) in 1814 and was elected to a fellowship at St. John's. He was ordained in 1820, in which year he also became a founder member of the Royal Astronomical Society (one of his Johnian contemporaries and friends was J.F.W. Herschel). In 1822 he was presented to the vicarage of Blackburn, an extensive parish with a rapidly-growing population (described by Thomas Greenwood as 'your diocese'), and remained there for the rest of his life. He was appointed an honorary canon of Manchester in 1852, and died on 23 August 1854.
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The following letters were mostly written by two of Whittaker's Cambridge friends: Thomas Greenwood, a fellow-Johnian, who was called to the bar (1817) and became reader in history at the University of Durham (1833); and William Whewell, afterwards Master of Trinity. There are also four letters from Greenwood's brother Charles, a London businessman.