Person: Brown, Alexander
Alexander Brown studied at Edinburgh and later at Cambridge. He became Professor of Applied Mathematics at the South African College which later became the University of Cape Town. His main contributions were to Geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Brown graduated with an M.A. with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy in April 1897 and was awarded a B.Sc. (Pure), also in 1897.
- Brown then taught as a Mathematics Master at Dundee High School for session 1897-8, then went to Gonville and Caius College of the University of Cambridge.
- In 1903 Brown was appointed as Professor of Applied Mathematics in the South African College.
- Brown was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa in 1918, was on its Council from 1931 to 1935 and again in 1941, was its Honorary Treasurer from 1936 to 1940, and President from 1942 to 1945.
- Alexander Brown was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 20 May 1907, his proposers being George Chrystal, Arthur John Pressland, John Sturgeon Mackay, and John Alison.
Born 5 May 1877, Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, Scotland. Died 27 January 1947, Cape Town, South Africa.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive