Person: Craig (3), James
James Craig was a Scottish mathematician who made some significant inventions in map projections. He was killed when a mob attacked the Turf Club in Cairo.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- James attended Daniel Stewart's College in Edinburgh, being dux of the school in 1885.
- In 1909 he invented the Craig retroazimuthal map projection.
- It is sometimes known as the Mecca projection because Craig invented it while working in Egypt to help Muslims find their qibla.
Born 24 February 1868, Buckhaven, Fife, Scotland. Died 26 January 1952, Cairo, Egypt.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive