Person: Thomson (3), William
William Thomson was appointed Professor of Mathematics at Victoria College Stellenbosch in South Africa and went on to become Principal of the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- During his time in Edinburgh Thomson was an assistant to the professor who was, at that time, George Chrystal.
- When Thomson left Edinburgh in 1883, Allardice succeeded him as Chrystal's assistant.
- In 1883 Thomson was appointed as Professor of Mathematics at Victoria College, Stellenbosch (later incorporated with the University of Stellenbosch).
- In 1895 Thomson moved out of the academic side of the university to become Registrar of the University of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Colony.
- Thomson was an assistant at Edinburgh University when the Edinburgh Mathematical Society was founded in 1883 but he did not join the Society at this time, rather he joined in December 1888 when he was Professor of Mathematics at Stellenbosch, Cape Colony.
- He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 6 March 1882, his proposers being George Chrystal, Peter Guthrie Tait, Alexander Crum Brown, Sir William Turner.
Born 31 December 1856, Kirkton of Mailer, Perthshire, Scotland. Died 6 August 1947, Dunedin, Glencairn, Simonstown, South Africa.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive