Person: Boys, Sir Charles Vernon
Charles Boys was an English physicist, known for his careful and innovative experimental work.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- From there Boys went to the Royal School of Mines where he was taught physics by Frederick Guthrie.
- The school had no mathematics department so Boys learnt mathematics from books including Todhunter's Integral Calculus.
- Boys is famed as a physicist and inventor of instruments.
- After graduating in mining it was natural for Boys to seek employment at a colliery, which he did.
- It was by using a quartz fibre suspension in Cavendish type experiments that Boys was able to improve the value obtained for the gravitational constant.
- In 1888 Boys was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
- In 1887 Boys took up an applied science post of Metropolitan Gas Referee and he held this post until the Referees were abolished in 1939.
- Boys received many honours in addition to election to the fellowship of the Royal Society which we mentioned above.
- The University of Edinburgh awarded Boys an honorary degree in 1932.
Born 15 March 1855, Wing, Rutland, England. Died 30 March 1944, St Mary Bourne, Andover, Hampshire, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive