Person: Gray (2), James
James Gray was the son of Andrew Gray. He graduated from University College Bangor and occupied a series of posts in Glasgow University, finishing as Professor of Applied Physics.
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- Andrew Gray was a famous scientist and mathematician who was born in Lochgelly, Fife in 1847.
- James Gray had seven siblings: John (born 1872), Annie (born 1874), Margaret (born 1879), Isabella (born 1882), Thomas (born 1884), Kenneth (born 1886), and Euphemia (born 1889).
- After completing his school education, Gray entered the University College of North Wales.
- Gray was a member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, joining in March 1909.
- He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 18 January 1909, his proposers being Andrew Gray, William Jack, Cargill Gilston Knott, George Chrystal.
- Professor Gray occupied the Chair of Applied Physics, and was widely known for his experiments and original scientific work.
- Since the war Britain has benefited further from Professor Gray's experiments, and when the Cargill Chair of Applied Physics was instituted in Glasgow in 1920 his appointment to the Professorship met with the warm commendation of scientists all over the world.
- Professor Gray took a prominent part in building up the organisation by means of which his department at the University was brought to its present high state of efficiency.
- Professor Gray took a keen interest in the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow, and rendered valuable service to its mathematical and physical section.
- A native of Glasgow, Professor Gray, received his early education at Friars Grammar School, Bangor, and subsequently entered the University College of North Wales.
Born 19 May 1876, Glasgow, Scotland. Died 6 November 1934, Dowanhill, Glasgow, Scotland.
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