Historical Figures Who Died in 1703

  • Jan 11 Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)
  • Jan 30 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese retainer for the Shogun, murdered in the revenge of the 47 rōnin

Robert HookeRobert Hooke (1635-1703)

Mar 3 English scientist (Micrographia), dies at 67

  • Mar 20 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel, German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
  • Apr 20 Lancelot Addison, English royal chaplain (b. 1632)
  • May 3 Eglon van de Down, still-life painter, dies

Charles PerraultCharles Perrault (1628-1703)

May 16 French author and fairy tale writer (Tales of Mother Goose), dies at 75

  • May 21 Roemer Vlacq, Dutch admiral, dies in battle

Samuel PepysSamuel Pepys (1633-1703)

May 26 English navy administrator and Member of Parliament famous for his Diary of the English Restoration period, dies at 70

  • Jun 14 Jean Herauld Gourville, French adventurer, dies at 77
  • Jun 15 Gillis Schey, Dutch admiral (battle at Lowestoft), dies at 58
  • Sep 20 Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll, Scottish privy councillor, dies at 52
  • Sep 22 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (Viviani's theorem), dies at 81
  • Sep 29 Charles de Saint-Évremond, French soldier who fled to exile in England and man of letters, dies at 90
  • Oct 3 Pieter van Wooden, Amersfoorts rebel leader, beheaded
  • Oct 3 Richard Saab, Amersfoorts rebel leader, beheaded
  • Oct 14 Thomas Hansen Kingo, Danish poet (b. 1634)

John WallisJohn Wallis (1616-1703)

Oct 28 English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, dies at 86

  • Nov 19 Man in the Iron Mask, prisoner in Bastille prison in Paris, dies
  • Dec 28 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), dies at 39