Person: Sheppard, William Fleetwood
William Sheppard read Mathematics at Cambridge and then went on to study Law. He was appointed to the Department of Education. His mathematical interests were mainly in Statistics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- William was educated at Brisbane Grammar School, Australia, before coming to England and completing his school education at Charterhouse School.
- Sheppard was elected a fellow of Trinity College in 1887 and, like many mathematicians from this period, he decided on a career in law and was called to the bar.
- Quickly Sheppard realised that his interests were in education rather than law and, in 1896, he was appointed to the Education Department.
- Sheppard spent some time in Edinburgh following his retirement and during this time he collaborated with Aitken.
- He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 7 March 1932, his proposers being Sir Edmund T Whittaker, George James Lidstone, Alexander C Aitken, William Ogilvy Kermack.
Born 21 November 1863, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Died 12 October 1936, Cardrona, Berkhampsted, Herts, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive