1. Mary Fairfax Greig [greg] /grɛg/, 1780–1872, Scottish mathematician and astronomer.
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  1. Mary, original name Mary Fairfax . 1780–1872, British scientific writer, author of Physical Geography (1848) and other textbooks. Somerville College, Oxford, was named after her
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[sŭmər-vĭl′]Mary Fairfax Greig 1780-1872
  1. Scottish astronomer and mathematician who wrote expository works on mathematics, physical geography, microscopic science, and astronomy. Her writings explained complex scientific ideas to the general public through simple illustrations and experiments that the average reader could easily understand.
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