Person: Wattie, James MacPherson
James Wattie studied at Aberdeen and Oxford. He taught for a while at George Watson's College in Edinburgh and the Church of Scotland Training College in Aberdeen before becoming a Schools Inspector.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- His parents were Alexander Wattie (1829-1864) and Betsey McPherson (1828-1915), born in Strachan, Kincardineshire.
- Annie was an apprentice dressmaker while Sarah and James were both at school.
- James went on to attend Old Aberdeen Grammar School before he matriculated at the University of Aberdeen in 1879.
- James graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an M.A. in 1883 with First Class Honours in Classics and First Class Honours in Mathematics.
- Wattie was First Class in Classical Mods in 1885.
- After he received his B.A. from Oxford, Wattie taught at George Watson's College, Edinburgh from 1887 to 1893.
- In 1927 Wattie became Senior Chief Inspector of Schools in Scotland; he retired in the same year.
- After he retired, Wattie had several articles published with contributions to the Year Book of Education, 1932 where he wrote Chapter 5, Scotland: elementary education; the English Association's Essays and Studies contributing the articles The Grammarian and his Material (1930) and Tense (1931); and the Transactions of Glasgow Philosophical Society in which he published A discourse on parody (read before the Society on 17 October 1928, published 1929).
- Wattie joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in January 1889 when he was teaching English at George Watson's College, Edinburgh.
Born 17 November 1862, Aberdeen, Scotland. Died 6 January 1943, Glasgow, Scotland.
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