Person: Trail, William
William Trail was a Scottish mathematician who became Professor of Mathematics at Aberdeen.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Marks awarded ranged from 16 to 126, the top score and appointment going to William Trail, a young man newly graduated from Glasgow.
- Trail, responsible for all Mathematics, taught 'above twelve times a week'.
- While holding the chair at Aberdeen, Trail published Elements of Algebra...
- During the session 1778 - 9, in Trail's absence, the higher branches of mathematics were taught by Patrick Copland, Professor of Natural Philosophy since 1775.
- The Royal Society of Edinburgh was founded in 1783 and Trail was a Founder Member, elected on 17 November 1783.
Born 23 June 1746, Logie, near Montrose, Scotland. Died 3 February 1831, Bath, Somerset, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive