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Elias Allen (c.1588-1653), English instrument maker. The instruments shown at right include a sundial, a sector, dividers, measuring devices, and a mariner's astrolabe and compass. Allen's associates included the mathematicians William Oughtred and Edmund Gunter. This 1653 etching is by Bohemian artist Wenceslaus Hollar, after an earlier portrait by Hendrick van der Borcht.
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