Person: Niven (2), Charles
Charles Niven was a Scot who became Professor of Mathematics at Cork. He returned to Aberdeen as Professor of Natural Philosophy and held this post for 42 years.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Charles Niven's parents were Charles Niven (born around 1802), a ginger beer brewer and spirit dealer, and Barbara Davidson (born 1810 or 1811) of Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire.
- William Niven, who became vice-president of the Royal Society and was knighted, has a biography in this archive.
- James Niven studied at Queens' College, Cambridge and was bracketed eighth wrangler in the mathematical tripos of 1874.
- Charles Niven was 41 years as Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, being appointed in 1880.
- He is best known in Aberdeen for building up Natural Philosophy in Marischal College but we note that Marischal College was only opened in 1906 when Niven had already been Professor for 26 years.
- Professor Charles Niven was presented to the King during the ceremony.
- By arrangement with Professor Niven, a pair of the odolites have been lent to the Observatory for the observation of pilot balloons.
- The Edinburgh Mathematical Society was founded in 1883 and at the meeting in June of that year Niven was elected as an honorary member.
- Charles McGlashan, Oldmachar Cathedral, and Professors Fulton and Cowan.
Born 14 September 1845, Peterhead, Scotland. Died 11 May 1923, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive