Person: Burgess, Alexander George
Alexander Burgess graduated from Edinburgh and taught at Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh and at Rothesay Academy. He became Rector of the latter school.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Alexander Burgess attended Wishaw Academy, then spent four years at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, before entering the University of Edinburgh in October 1890.
- In his first year of study Burgess took courses in Latin, Greek and Mathematics.
- In addition to taking Honours courses in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy over the next two sessions, Burgess also took the Ordinary course in Logic and Metaphysics.
- Dr Burgess gave his school a signal example of devotion to knowledge, industry, kindliness of heart, high ideals.
- Burgess was an active member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, serving on the Committee from November 1906, serving as an editor of the Proceedings in 1907-08, then Secretary during 1908-11, vice-President in 1911-12, and as President of the Society in 1912-13.
- Mr Burgess ventured the prediction that this, the first, Colloquium would not be the last, and suggested the possibility of a similar meeting at the time of the Napier celebrations next year.
- Burgess also contributed papers to the Society.
- In addition Burgess was a member of the Educational Institute for Scotland and the Bute Natural History Society.
Born 24 December 1872, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Died 29 March 1932, Rothesay, Bute, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive