Person: Carse, George Alexander
George Carse studied at Edinburgh and Cambridge and went on to become a Reader in Physics at Edinburgh.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- George Carse was brought up in Edinburgh, living at 120 Lauriston Place.
- Then in 1891 he entered George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, being dux of the school in 1898.
- There he studied mathematics under George Chrystal, physics under P G Tait, and chemistry under Crum Brown.
- During 1903-4 Carse undertook research in physics at Edinburgh and also acted as an assistant to J G MacGregor.
- Carse then returned to Edinburgh where he was appointed as Lecturer in Natural Philosophy.
- Returning to his post in Edinburgh, Carse was promoted to Reader in Natural Philosophy in 1928.
- We note that the Mitchell Lectureship on Methods of Statistics was founded in 1925 and endowed by the businessman and president of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Sir George Arthur Mitchell.
- the first Mitchell Lecturer was George Alexander Carse in 1925.
- Carse joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in session 1902-03 while he was working in the Physical Laboratory of the University of Edinburgh.
- He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 21 November 1904, his proposers being James Gordon MacGregor, George Chrystal, Cargill Gilston Knott, William Peddie.
- A former dux of George Heriot's School, he graduated M.A. with honours and B.Sc. at Edinburgh University in 1903.
- In the following year he was awarded the degree of D.Sc. Dr Carse was promoted Reader in the Department of Natural Philosophy in 1923 and three years later was admitted a member of the Senatus.
- Dr Carse retired on September 30, 1948.
- For many years he took a leading part In the work of George Heriot's Trust, and from 1934 till 1947 he held the position of vice-chairman of the Board of Governors.
- Dr Carse was first elected to the Board in 1927 as a representative of Edinburgh University and he filled a number of important offices.
Born 20 June 1880, Edinburgh, Scotland. Died 20 August 1950, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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