Person: Mcclintock, John Emory
Emory McClintock was an American mathematician and actuary.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- As well as being a clergyman in the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Reverend McClintock taught mathematics, Greek, and Latin at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
- McClintock spent the latter part of 1860 studying chemistry at the University of Paris and then in the following year he studied at Göttingen.
- By April 1861 the civil war had broken out and by February 1862 McClintock felt that he had to return to support his country.
- By the time McClintock returned to the United States the South had already introduced conscription and the Union was encouraging volunteers for military service although they had not yet introduced conscription.
- McClintock immediately decided to volunteer for the Union army and was offered a post as a second lieutenant in the Topographical Engineers.
- McClintock was for many years the leading actuary in America.
- In 1889 when McClintock took up his actuarial post with the Mutual Life Insurance Company in New York, the New York Mathematical Society was just coming into existence.
- McClintock joined the Society in December 1889 and was elected vice-president of the Society.
- During McClintock's presidential term, Klein visited the Society and talked on non-euclidean spherical trigonometry.
- Study also addressed the Society during McClintock's term as president and talked on his work with Engel.
- Before ending this biography we should mention McClintock's hobbies of genealogy and military history.
- A series of notebooks reflecting specific research into the Baskerville, Kemble, McClintock, and Wakeman families record the lines of descent through each ancestral surname.
Born 19 September 1840, Carlisle, Pennsylvania , USA. Died 10 July 1916, Bay Head, New Jersey, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive