Known as Alcuin of York. Born in Yorkshire, England, 735, Alcuin led a life completely dedicated to the advancement of a learning renaissance in medieval Europe. Beginning as a student at the school of Archbishop Ecgberht, Alcuin stayed as a teacher, and became headmaster of the school in 778. During that time, he would build up one of the finest libraries in Europe at that time. Alcuin eventually died in 804, in Tours, France.

His main contributions were to various areas of mathematics, but he also is credited with the translation of a number of Latin documents. Alcuin is said to have created cursive, a form of script that enabled scribes to pen copies of original works faster, and also to have coined the phrase, "Vox populi, vox dei".