Person: Morton, Vernon
Vernon Morton was an English mathematician who was head of Pure Mathematics at Aberystwyth for many years.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- When Morton attended, the school included both a junior and a secondary school.
- The headmaster during Morton's time at the school was James Harvey Hichens (1859-1938), who had an Oxford degree in chemistry, and he had done a remarkable job in raising the standards of the school with many pupils being successful in the Oxford and Cambridge Scholarship Examinations.
- However, Morton never fully recovered from the gas attack and suffered the consequences for the rest of his life.
- In 1920 Morton won a Junior Mathematical Scholarship and when he graduated in 1921 he won a Senior Mathematical Scholarship.
- Dixon was particularly interested in applications of algebra to geometry and Morton was inspired by him to undertake research in this area.
- While at Oxford, Morton advised his fellow student Mary Cartwright.
- It was a painful decision, over which she agonised for some time, but Morton gave her very sensible advice.
- After leaving Oxford, Morton was appointed as a lecturer at Brighton Technical College.
- (This College was later named Brighton College of Technology and now is known as City College Brighton & Hove.) Morton taught there for a year which, he later said, gave him very valuable teaching experience.
- The reorganisation of the higher courses, and especially the establishment of a very desirable combined Honours course in Pure and Applied Mathematics, was carried out, thanks to the invaluable assistance afforded by Messrs V C Morton and W J Webber ...
- Vernon and Olive Morton lived at Eryl Mor, Brynymor Road, Aberystwyth and they had one son, David Charles Morton.
- Morton was promoted to Independent Lecturer and Head of the Pure Mathematics Department in 1926 and to Professor in 1933.
- From these reports you can follow the progress of the Department of Pure Mathematics under Morton's leadership over a period of 25 years.
- Morton's services in many capacities were frequently sought and highly valued by the University of Wales and by the College.
- When he reached the age of 65, Morton retired from his chair at Aberystwyth in 1961.
- We note that William Barry Pennington (1923- 1968) was appointed to fill Morton's chair at Aberystwyth when he retired in 1961.
- Aberystwyth University now awards the V C Morton Prize for outstanding performance by any Mathematics undergraduate.
Born 26 June 1896, Sheffield, England. Died 26 March 1978, Oxford, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive