Person: Anstice, Robert Richard
Robert Richard Anstice was an English clergyman and mathematician who wrote two remarkable papers on combinatorics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Robert Anstice was the fourth and youngest of William and Penelope Anstice's sons.
 We know that Anstice was awarded a scholarship to study mathematics after graduating at Oxford but there is then a rather strange gap in our knowledge of him for nothing is known of what he did over the following ten years.
 Anstice was ordained in 1846 and the following year he became rector of Wigginton, near Tring, in the diocese of St Albans.
 Robert Anstice wrote three mathematical papers in his six years as rector in the parish of Wigginton.
 Anstice achieved a brilliant generalisation to a resolvable Steiner triple system on 2p+12p + 12p+1 elements for all primes ppp congruent to 1 modulo 6.
 Anstice also constructed an infinite number of Room squares a hundred years before T G Room wrote his paper in which it was thought for many years that the squares first appeared and from which they were named.
 Perhaps even more remarkable is the fact that the method of differences which Anstice used has become one of the standard methods of design construction.
 Anstice also gave examples of 2rotational Kirkman triple systems which remained the only ones known until 1971.
Born 9 April 1813, Madeley, Shropshire, England. Died 17 December 1853, Wigginton (near Tring), Hertfordshire, England.
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