Person: Lamb, Horace
Horace Lamb wrote important texts and made important contributions to applied mathematics, in particular to acoustics and fluid dynamics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- She was kindly lady but nevertheless brought Horace up in a severe Puritan manner.
- Horace was educated at the Grammar School in Stockport.
- In 1866, when Horace was only 17, he won a scholarship to read classics at Queen's College, Cambridge but declined the scholarship to spend a year studying at Owens College, Manchester.
- It was at Owens College that Lamb's interests turned firmly towards mathematics so that, when he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, the following year it was to study mathematics.
- Lamb was taught by Stokes and Maxwell at Cambridge and graduated as Second Wrangler in 1872 (meaning that he was second in the ranked list of those students awarded a First Class degree).
- Adelaide was extremely fortunate in their choice of Lamb as their first professor of mathematics and he rapidly built the reputation of the mathematics department there.
- Lamb left Australia in 1885, accepting a chair at Victoria University in England (now the University of Manchester).
- Lamb held the chair at Manchester until 1920 when, at the age of 70, he retired and moved to Cambridge.
- Lamb's texts had a major role on teaching in British universities for many years.
- Lamb wrote books in addition to those mentioned above, including Infinitesimal Calculus (1897), Dynamical Theory of Sound (1910), and Higher Mechanics (1920).
Born 29 November 1849, Stockport, England. Died 4 December 1934, Cambridge, England.
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Applied Maths, Origin England, Physics
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive