Person: Moseley, Henry
Henry Moseley was an English churchman, mathematician, and scientist. He served as Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Astronomy at King's College, London. He then became of of the first H.M. inspectors of schools.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- William Moseley was a student at Hoxton Academy in London which was for dissenting divinity students.
- William Moseley published several books, some consisting of his sermons, such as Essays on the Evidences of Christianity (1797), A Memoir on the Importance and Practicality of Translating and Printing the Holy Scriptures in the Chinese language (Second Edition, 1801), Actual sin and future misery traced to their real causes; in which the Doctrine of Reprobation is examined (1805), and The New Token for Children (1805).
- By 1816 they were living in Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire when Joseph Newman Moseley was born.
- Henry attended a naval school in Portsmouth and while there wrote the paper On measuring the Depth of the Cavities seen on the Surface of the Moon.
- From the same address on 12 July 1819, Moseley sent the letter "On cohesion" to the Philosophical Magazine.
- Moseley was admitted as a pensioner at St John's College, Cambridge on 21 August 1821.
- He attended lectures by George Peacock and William Whewell, the latter being a particularly important influence on Moseley since he published the textbooks An Elementary Treatise on Mechanics (1819) and A Treatise on Dynamics (1823).
- In the B.A. examinations of 1826, Hymers was Second Wrangler, Miller was Fifth Wrangler, and Moseley was Seventh Wrangler.
- Following his degree from Cambridge, Moseley entered the Church of England.
- Moseley was appointed Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy and Astronomy at King's College, London, on the 20 January 1831.
- Few people publish a book giving the syllabus of the first university course they will teach before they actually teach it, but this is precisely what Moseley did, publishing Syllabus of a Course of Experimental Lectures on The Theory of Equilibrium in 1831.
- to be delivered at The King's College, London, in the October Term of the year 1831 by Rev H Moseley, Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy.
- Henry Nottidge Moseley became a leading naturalist and he sailed on the global scientific expedition of the HMS Challenger in 1872 to 1876.
- Moseley was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in February 1839.
- In January 1844 Moseley resigned his professorship at St John's College.
- Moseley also addressed the Metropolitan Association of Church Schoolmasters on 20 May 1854, delivering the address Faith in the Work of the Teacher.
- Moseley was asked to be one of the jurors and he was pleased to accept.
- We have already mentioned Moseley's election to the Royal Society in 1839.
- During his time as Canon of Bristol Cathedral, Moseley continued to undertake research and publish articles.
Born 9 July 1801, Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, England. Died 20 January 1872, Olveston, Gloucestershire, England.
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