Dr Conyers Middleton (1683-1750)
Dr Conyers Middleton was a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, and apart from a brief spell as a curate, spent much of his active life at the University where he was appointed the first Woodwardian professor in 1731.
His main claim to fame rests on his great writing skill, especially in the field of controversy. He played a major role in the deist dispute of the 1730s, and in later years attracted a great deal of adverse criticism, for his attacks on the historical accuracy of parts of the bible and his denial of the credibility of accounts of miracles.
Source: Dictionary of National Biography