Anderson, John (1726-1796)

Anderson, John (1726-96), born in Rosneath manse, Dumbartonshire, studied at Glasgow, and from 1756 to 1760 was professor of Oriental Languages, and then of Natural Philosophy. He also established a bi-weekly class for mechanics, and at his death left all he had to found ' Anderson's College in Glasgow. The author of Institutes of Physics (1786), &c., he also invented the balloon post, and a gun which, in 1791, he presented to the French National Convention.
References
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 29.

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