Person: Todhunter, Isaac
Isaac Todhunter is best known for his textbooks and his writing on the history of mathematics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Todhunter was sent to a school in Hastings but did not show any promise even being described as 'unusually backward'.
- However, after being sent to a new school set by J B Austin from London, Isaac made excellent progress.
- While taking his degree course Todhunter also worked as a mathematics teacher at a large school in Wimbledon.
- Todhunter progressed from fellow to principal mathematical lecturer at St John's College where he resisted all attempts to reduce the central role of Euclid in mathematics courses.
- In 1864 Todhunter resigned his fellowship at St John's College, which he was forced to do as he wished to marry.
- Todhunter had been elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1862.
- In 1874 Todhunter was elected as an honorary fellow of St John's College but he was taken ill in 1880 and, from that time on, his health deteriorated.
- Todhunter is best known for his textbooks and his writing on the history of mathematics.
- Todhunter received many awards for his contributions to mathematics.
Born 23 November 1820, Rye, Sussex, England. Died 1 March 1884, Cambridge, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive