Cotes, Roger a celebrated English divine, mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer, was born July 10, 1682, at Burbage, in Leicestershire, and educated at Leicester School, St. Paul's School, London, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his degrees, and was chosen a fellow in 1705.
In January 1706, he was appointed professor of astronomy and experimental philosophy, took orders in 1713, and the same year published at Cambridge the second edition of sir Isaac Newton's Mathematica Principia. He left at his death some admirable tracts. He died June 5, 1716. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.