Person: Butters, John Watt
J Watt Butters graduated from Edinburgh and taught at George Heriot's School and James Gillespie's School in Edinburgh. He became Rector of Ardrossan Academy.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Butters was awarded an M.A. with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh in 1894, and a B.Sc. (Pure) in the same year.
- He taught for a short period at Aberystwyth and then at James Gillespie's School, Edinburgh.
- He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 6 April 1896 having been proposed by Peter Guthrie Tait, George Chrystal, David Fowler Lowe, and John Sturgeon Mackay.
- During the period of his Rectorship in Ardrossan Mr Butters played a leading part in the Council of the Educational Institute of Scotland, his skill in dealing with the difficult problems affecting such questions as superannuation being widely recognised by his fellow-members.
- Butters joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in December 1886.
- He also contributed to the mathematical work of the Society, For example at the meeting of the Society on Friday 11 January 1889, J Watt Butters discussed the solution of an algebraic equation.
Born 10 August 1863, McDowall Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. Died 11 January 1946, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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