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John Venn
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    (August 4, 1834-April 4, 1923)
    Born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    British mathematician, president of Cambridge University and creator of the Venn Diagram (pictured)
    Doctorate in Mathematics from Cambridge
    Also made significant contributions to the fields of philosophy, probability, and symbolic logic
    Author of; The Logic of Chance, (1866) Characteristics of Belief, (1870) Consistency and Real Inference, (1876) On the Explanation of Geometrical Diagrams for the Sensible Representational Logical Propositions, (1880) and Symbolic Logic, (1881)
    Long since superseded by computers; the Venn Diagram proper is rarely used anymore except for illustrative purposes.
    The Venn Diagram was not an entirely original creation but was developed from an earlier concept called Euler Circles.
    Terrible hair.
    As was customary in his family, he became an Anglican priest but later left the priesthood and the Anglican faith altogether when its teachings clashed with his philosophical beliefs.
    The original eccentric inventor, he invented a machine to pitch cricket balls.
    A competitive gardener, he won prizes for his roses and carrots.
    He campaigned for the right of women to vote.
    Cool beard!
    The Venn Diagram is a very simple way and over the years has developed into the standard way to explain relationships between sets.
    He was a dedicated philanthropist and worked very hard to help his adopted hometown of Cambridge.
    He lived to be 90!
    He lost his mother when he was three and was raised in a very strict household.

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