Person: Combridge, Theodore
Theodore Combridge was an English 20th century mathematician and administrator. He published papers on general relativity and on the beginnings of the Mathematical Association and the Inititute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Daniel Thomas Combridge was baptised on 16 March 1828 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.
- In 1912 Combridge entered Brighton College.
- Combridge continued his studies at King's College London in 1922 where his studies were supervised by George Barker Jeffery.
- Combridge worked on the theory of relativity and was awarded the degree of Master of Science in 1924.
- Let us return to giving details of Combridge's career.
- Before the mid thirties only the senior members of the mathematics department had much time for research and junior members like Combridge carried a heavy teaching load.
- However Combridge remained interested in the subject and corresponded extensively with Eddington, an association begun when Combridge was an undergraduate at Cambridge.
- To cite only a few other activities, there was the work of the Schools and Industry Committee of the Association, forward-looking and seminal, and led so effectively by J T Combridge.
- During his time as President of the Mathematical Association, Combridge was much involved in the setting up of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
- During his involvement with the Mathematical Association, Combridge wrote a number of papers of teaching mathematics.
- Combridge never wrote this paper because of his move into administration.
- In the event Combridge was disappointed (twice) over the Secretary's post but this was never allowed to affect for a moment his loyalty to the college or his energetic service.
- The year 1986 saw Winifred's and Theodore's deaths, hers on 23 October and his on 10 December.
Born 28 August 1897, Brighton, England. Died 10 December 1986, Watford, England.
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