Person: Darwin, George Howard
George Darwin was an English mathematician who was a son of Charles Darwin and studied the three-body-problem.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Darwin excelled at Pritchard's school and he won a scholarship to study at Trinity College, Cambridge.
- Many top graduates from Cambridge from this period entered the legal profession and that indeed is what Darwin did, being called to the Bar in 1874.
- However it was not uncommon for some to return to mathematical or other scientific study and Darwin followed this route returning to Trinity where he still held his fellowship.
- Darwin studied tidal effects on the planets.
- Darwin made a major study of the three-body problem in the case of the orbits of the Sun-Earth-Moon system.
- Despite the fact that we do not accept Darwin's conclusions today, he is important in being the first to apply mathematical techniques to study the evolution of the Sun-Earth-Moon system.
- Darwin was President of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1899-1900 and won the Gold Medal from that Society 1892.
Born 9 July 1845, Downe, Kent, England. Died 7 December 1912, Cambridge, England.
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Astronomy, Origin England
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive