|The first recorded use of the equals symbol|
|Robert Recorde (1512-1558)|
Robert Recorde was born in Tenby, Wales in 1510 and graduated with a medical degree from Cambridge. Recorde served as physician to King Edward VI and Queen Mary, but his true passion was in mathematics. Recorde was the first person to write an original arithmetic book in English, rather then Latin or Greek, which made it easy for ordinary people to understand. Sadly Recorde died in 1558 in the King's Prison after being arrested for debt but still made significant contributions to English mathematics in the time he was alive.