Person: Gibson, George Alexander
George Gibson graduated from Glasgow University and went on to become Professor there. He published several important textbooks and was an enthusiast for the History of Mathematics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Robert Gibson had taught himself Latin to be able to carry out research for a book he wrote on the history of Greenlaw.
- George attended the Free Church School in Greenlaw until he was sixteen years old when he matriculated at the University of Glasgow.
- Because of his health problems, Gibson only took an ordinary degree rather than an honours degree.
- Gibson remained an Assistant until 1891 when a new Ordinance came into force which meant that from November of that year he became a Lecturer in Mathematics.
- In 1895 Gibson was appointed as professor of mathematics at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (now Strathclyde University).
- In 1909 Gibson was named professor at Glasgow University where he succeeded William Jack.
- He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 2 December 1889 having been proposed by Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), William Jack, Sir Thomas Muir, and George Chrystal.
- After Gibson's death his friends raised funds to endow a lecture on the history of mathematics, to be given about every four years.
Born 19 April 1858, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland. Died 1 April 1930, Glasgow, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive