Person: Carslaw, Horatio Scott
Horatio Carslaw studied at Glasgow and Cambridge. He lectured at the University of Glasgow before moving to a professorship in Sydney, Australia. He worked on a variety of topics in both pure and applied mathematics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- From Glasgow Carslaw went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1894.
- In 1903 Carslaw, then 33 years old, moved from his native Scotland to Australia where he had been offered the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Sydney.
- it would be a brave historian indeed who saw Carslaw's 'little book' as being better than Hardy's tome, and a downright foolish one to claim it as more influential, nevertheless it did come first.
- This was to be the main area of Carslaw's research throughout his life.
- The fact that Jaeger himself collaborated with Carslaw on the Laplace transform work may explain why there are differing opinions here.
- Jaeger and Carslaw published Operational methods in applied mathematics in 1941.
- No other advance has achieved such ready acceptance, and Carslaw and Jaeger's text can take a great deal of the credit.
- This text was published six years after Carslaw retired.
- Other topics to interest Carslaw throughout his career, which we have not touched on above, included an interest in non-euclidean geometry, Green's functions and the history of Napier's logarithms.
Born 12 February 1870, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, Scotland. Died 11 November 1954, Burradoo, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia.
View full biography at MacTutor
Tags relevant for this person:
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive