Thomas Wright Hill

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Thomas Wright Hill

Birthplace: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: June 13, 1851 (88)
Tottenham, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of James Hill and Sarah Symonds
Husband of Sarah Hill
Father of Arthur Hill; Caroline Clark; Frederick Hill; Sir Rowland Hill; Matthew Davenport Hill and 3 others

Occupation: Schoolmaster and Stenographer
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About Thomas Wright Hill

Thomas Wright Hill (Kidderminster 24 April 1763–Tottenham, 13 June 1851) was a mathematician and schoolmaster. He is credited as inventing the single transferable vote in 1819. His son, Rowland Hill, famous as the originator of the modern postal system, introduced STV in 1840 into the world's first public election, for the Adelaide City Council, in which the principle of proportional representation was applied.

In 1791, Thomas Wright Hill courageously tried to save the apparatus of Dr Joseph Priestley from a mob in the Birmingham 'Church and King' riots of 1791 — the offer was declined. He was interested in astronomy, being a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and in computers, as is shown by a letter of his to Charles Babbage, dated March 23, 1836, among the Babbage manuscripts at the British Library, returning some logarithm tables that he had borrowed and adding "How happy I shall be when I can see such a work verified and enlarged by your divine machine".

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Thomas Wright Hill's Timeline

April 24, 1763
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
December 3, 1795
Worcestershire/Herefordshire, England
August 27, 1798
London, England
August 18, 1800
June 13, 1851
Age 88
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom