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William Shanks

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William Shanks (1812 - 1882)

* 25 January 1812, † 1 June 1882

William Shanks was born on 25 January 1812 in Corsenside (8 km NE of Bellingham), Northumberland, England. William Shanks is famed for his calculation of $\pi$ to 707 places in 1873, which unfortunately was only correct for the first 527 places. William Shanks died on June 1882 in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England.

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[6909] O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: “MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive”, http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/, 2014

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