Person: Wilson (3), John
John Wilson was a Scottish mathematician who took over the Rectorship of his father's Academy in Bannockburn and later moved to Edinburgh as a tutor in mathematics and physics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- John Wilson was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with an M.A. He then entered the New College where he was trained for the ministry, becoming a licensed preacher in the Free Presbytery of Edinburgh.
- Wilson joined the Edinburgh Mathematical Society in February 1885, two years after the Society was founded.
- The Royal Society of Edinburgh elected Wilson to a fellowship of the Society on 4 February 1878.
- Wilson's obituary, written by C G Knott, appeared in John Wilson, Proc.
- Mr Wilson was a mathematician of a high order, and took a deep interest in the advancement of his favourite science.
- Mr Wilson, who was for long an elder of the Free High Church, was a modest, unassuming, warm-hearted, kindly man, and his death brings with it keen and lasting regret to a large circle of friends.
Born 21 November 1847, Montrose, Angus, Scotland. Died 8 December 1896, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive