Cunha
# José Anastácio da Cunha

### Born: 1744
in Lisbon, Portugal

Died: 1 Jan 1787
in Lisbon, Portugal

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**Anastácio da Cunha** was appointed professor of geometry in 1773 to Coimbra University but was arrested and imprisoned by the Inquisition 4 years later. He was freed in 1781 but prison had ruined his health and he died a few years later.
He wrote a 21 part encyclopaedia of mathematics Principios Matemáticos (1782-1790) which contained a rigorous exposition of mathematics, in particular a rigorous exposition of the calculus.

**References (10 books/articles)**

JOC/EFR December 1996