Person: Butchart, Raymond Keiller
Raymond Butchart was a Scottish mathematician who was badly wounded in World War I and afterwards returned to Dundee as a lecturer. He was appointed Professor of Mathematics at Raffles College Singapore but died of malaria on his way home on his first leave.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Raymond Butchart was educated at Morgan Academy in Dundee and Dundee High School before matriculating at the University of St Andrews.
- Butchart did not even travel the 12 miles to St Andrews, for his studies were in University College, Dundee, at that time part of the University of St Andrews.
- After graduating with a B.Sc. in 1913, Butchart began undertaking research in mathematics at Dundee and at the same time working as a mathematics tutor in the Department.
- Butchart took the Commission and acted as Brigade Signalling Officer.
- It was not to be, for Butchart died of malaria while on the voyage and he was buried at sea, 65 miles South East of Colombo.
- Raymond Butchart was a member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, joining in December 1914.
Born 4 May 1888, Dundee, Scotland. Died 30 March 1930, At sea, 65, miles south-east of Colombo.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive