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The Atlas of Irish Mathematics: Belfast 1900-1939 (Dec 2021)

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The big cities, namely Dublin, Belfast and Cork, and to a lesser extent, Galway, present challenges when one attempts to document their mathematical citizens: the sheer volume of people involved.  Hence, in these bi-monthly Atlas of Irish Mathematics blogs, we have been obliged to break things down chronologically.  We've surveyed the requisite careers up to the dawn of the last century, when the numbers were manageable.  Now it's time to take the plunge and start to bring things more up to date.

Back in June 2018, we shone a light on Belfast, a university city straddling two counties (Antrim and Down), and surveyed over 70 mathematical relevant people from the 19th century. Most of those documented there either completed their initial degrees or taught in Belfast prior to 1900, a few others were born there (generally prior to 1880) and pursued maths elsewhere.

This month, we move the Belfast story on 40 years, to the eve of WWII.  While we are aware of over 130 people who need to be documented in this regard, from Lillie Geale to John Herivel, we start with those below, and will add more in the coming weeks.  As of 31 Dec 2021 it is pretty complete up to 1919.  A surprisingly large number of women are present.

The people featured who were born in Belfast sometimes attended university in Dublin, Galway, or Cambridge, but a great many of them were graduates of Queen's University Belfast (QUB).  For a long time, anyone---including QUB students---could present themselves for examinations (and hence degrees) to the Royal (later the National) University of Ireland, regardless of which (if any) college in Ireland they attended.  Indeed, until 1908, this was how all undergraduate QUB degrees were earned.

The matriculated students at Queen's Belfast generally came from various Ulster schools of note, especially the Belfast Royal Academy (founded 1785), the Royal Belfast Academical Institution ("the Inst", whose roots go back to 1810), Methodist College ("Methody", founded 1865), and in due course Victoria College (founded as The Ladies' Collegiate School in 1859) and Campbell College (founded 1894).  While we have not indicated which specific school the people listed had attended; sometimes such information is revealed in the links provided.

Some of those highlighted were QUB grads not born in Belfast.  While many ended up in academia, or teaching at prestigious schools, quite a few served in the civil service, or pursued careers in medicine. They are all presented in chronological order by birth.  The first person listed below continues where we left off in the earlier blog.

Comments and corrections are, as always, welcome. As are more photographs of the forgotten faces from the past.

Once more, thanks to Olivia Bree (St Pat's Drumcondra), David Malone (Maynooth), and David Spearman (TCD) for genealogical assistance.

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 1. Lillie Geale (1872-1949) was born in Drogheda, Louth, and was first educated at Kelvin House, Belfast (RUI BA 1900).  She then taught in Belfast, first at Belmont Ladies College (1900-1901) and then at Girls' High School (Orrington House,  1901-1915-?), which she founded with her sister Edith.  She was assistant to AC Dixon on the QUB maths staff (1921-1925), being awarded MA (1923) for a thesis on "The Elastic Curve".  Around the same time she was examiner for the Intermediate Examination Board.  From 1925 on, she was a tutor for several years. She was the first woman on the maths staff at QUB.

1901 Census / 1911 Census 1926

 

 2. John Strain (1872-1955) was born 28 December in Belfast, and taught in several schools in England (1897 to at least 1906) during which he earned an RUI degree (BA 1902).  By 1909. he had switched to parish work as a clergyman in NE England.

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 3. George Thompson (1876-1945) was born 19 Aug in Jubbulpore (Madhya Pradesh), India, and grew up in Londonderry. He was educated at Cambridge (Sidney Sussex, 14th wrangler BA 1900) and also at RUI (BSc 1901, MA 1902).  He taught at  Campbell College (1900-1910), Harrow School (1910-1912) and Gresham's School in Norfolk (1912-1936).  He married a Girton maths tripos woman. 

1901 Census / Bio / Sextic / Grave

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 4. George Walmsley (1877-??) was born in England, and was educated at Manchester (BSc 1908, MSc 1909).  After one year teaching at Ashbourne Grammar School in Derbyshire, he settled at the new Belfast Municipal Technical Institution (1910-1924-?).

1911 Census

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 5. Hugh Erwin (1878-1957) was born 5 May in Crankill, Ahoghill, Antrim, just west of Ballymena.  He was educated at QUB (BA 1904), having already taught briefly in Carrigfergus.  After teaching in England and in New South Wales, Australia, he spent the bulk of his career at Christ College and Hutchins School in Tasmania (1912-1946).

1901 Census / Obit (page 6)

 

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 6. William Hawthorne (1878-1957) was born 1 August in Kirkcubbin, Down, and was educated at QUB (BA 1901, BE 1903).  His career was as an electrical engineer, mostly working on railways, in Down, England, South America and South Africa.

1901 Census / Obit

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 8. Doctor Robert Jamison (1880-1943) was born 7 September in Ballyrush, near Comber, Down. He was educated at QUB (BA 1900, MD 1908?) and spent his entire career as a doctor in Swaziland.

1901 Census / Swaziland

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 9. Robert Houston (1880-1955, younger brother of mathematician William) was born 2 February in Ballyclabber, Coleraine, Londonderry, and was educated at QUB (BA 1901).  His career was spent in the British Admiralty.

1901 Census / Death

10. Molly Acheson (later Faris, 1880-1958) was born 12 June in Portadown, Armagh, and was educated at Girton (BA earned 1904).  She taught in Belfast until her 1919 marriage to Samuel Faris. In 1907 TCD awarded her an ad eundem MA.  She and her sister below married two brothers.

1901 Census 1911 Census

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11. Cecilia Ryan (1880-1962) was born 19 October in Ballieborough, Cavan.  She was educated at the RUI (BA 1903 via study at St Mary's, Belfast) and UCD (BSc & MA 1913).  She taught in Dublin (1902-1906), Belfast (1906-1916) and again in Dublin. She was the first maths graduate from St Mary's.

MacTutor / 1901 Census 1911 Census Grave / Davis

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12. Harold Dilworth (1881-1912) was born in St Ives, Cambridge, and grew up there and in Belfast, Dundalk, and Portarlington.  He was educated at TCD (BA & gold medal 1904, MA 1908), where he taught briefly.  He moved to Silver Spring, New Mexico, USA, dying of TB shortly thereafter.

1901 Census / Grave / Obit

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13. George Leathem (1881-1953?) was born 21 Dec in Belfast, younger brother of mathematician John.  he was educated at QUB (BA 1903) and at Cambridge (St John's. 19th wrangler 1904).  His career was spent in the civil service in India.

1901 Census

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14. Herbert Gibson (1881-1961) was born 21 March in Ballywater, Down.  He was educated at QUB (BA 1902) and at Cambridge (Queen's, BA 1903).  In 1911 he was teaching in Dublin, later he worked in the civil service South Africa.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

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15. Richard Beatty (1882-1941) was born 26 April in Dungannon, Tyrone, and was educated at first at Queen's Belfast (BA 1904, BE 1905, MA 1906). He taught physics at QUB, and also studied at Cavensish Lab in Cambridge. In WWII he was in the British Admiralty.

1901 Census / Nature / Link

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16. William McAdam (1882-1938) was born 9 July in Dunadry, east of Antrim town, and was educated at QUB (BA 1907, MA 1909).  He taught at the Royal Belfast Academical Institute at first, and from 1919 on, at the Cowbridge Grammar School west of Cardiff in Wales.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Death

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17. James Ball (1882-1957) was born 24 July in Youghal, Cork, and grew up there and in Belfast.  He was educated at QUB (BA 1904, BE 1906).  He first taught at Methodist College (1906-1908), then worked as an engineer, including extensive stints in India and Nigeria.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Obit1 / Obit2

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18. Annie Kennedy (1882-1956) was born 18 August in Kildowney, Ahoghill, north of Ballymena, Antrim.  She was educated at QUB (BA 1904, MA in mental & moral science 1907).  Part of her career was spent in publishing in Belfast.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Death

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19. Doctor Barkley McCullough (1882-1957) was born 22 November in Ballyhenry, Antrim, on the outskirts of Newtownabbey, and was educated at QUB (BA 1904, MD? 1910). His career was spent as a doctor, first in Sudan and Nigeria, and finally in the Dublin Medical Mission.

1901 Census / Campbell / Missions / Grave

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20. Margaret Harper (1883-1922, sister of Edgar, and of Victor below) was born 24 October in Dungannon, Tyrone.  She taught in Newquay (Cornwall, 1904-1906) and then attended QUB.  After a year teaching in Ballymena (1910-1911) she taught in England again (Cumbria) till at least 1918.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

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21. James Riddell (1883-1951) was born 15 May in Belfast, and was educated at QUB (BA 1903, MA 1907).  His career included a stint at QUB as Purser assistant in maths, followed by decades of teaching in Stoke-on-Trent in England.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

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22. Hilda Martin (1883-1965) was born 1 May in Dublin and grew up there and in Belfast.  She was educated at Queen's Belfast (BA 1904).  Her 1905 paper with William Morton suggests a QUB master's thesis, but none has been confirmed.  She attended Cambridge Training College, and taught at Bedford  Girl's Modern School (1906-1915-?). In  the 1930s she moved from Bedford back to Belfast.

1901 Census / Paper Teaching

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23. Minnie McKee (later Capper, 1883-1975) was born 12 October in Lurgan, Armagh.  She was educated at QUB (BA 1906).  Married who/when?  In 1908 she moved to Canada, dying in Montreal.

1901 Census

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24. Bridget Condon (aka Sr Celestine) (1884-1969) was born 2 January in Ballinure, Tipperary. She was educated at QUB (BA 1904), and did her teacher training at St Mary's.  Her career was spent teaching in Tipperary and Cork, She became a reverend mother then prioress/abbess.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / 1905

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25. Doctor Norman Graham (1884-1986) was born 11 September in Tattygar, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, and grew up there and in Comber, Down. He was educated at QUB (BSc 1906, MD 1913??). His career was spent as a doctor.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

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26. William Bartley (1885-1961) was born 3 January in Belfast, and was educated at TCD (BA 1907??).  His career in the civil service was spent in Borneo, Malaysia, and Singapore.  He died in Australia.

1901 Census / Obit

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27.  Clinical pathologist Sinclair Miller (1885-1961) was born 19 March in Cloughfin, west of Cookstown, Tyrone, and was educated at QUB (BSc 1908, MA 1910, BSc 1912, MB & BCh 1914). After WWI service he continued medical studies at London Hospital (DPH 1919, MD 1922, MRCP 1923). The rest of his career was spent in Harrogate, Yorks, where his expertise included rheumatism and diabetes and he set up early blood transfusion facilities.

1901 Census / 1911 Census Our Heroes / UK Nat Archives / BMJ Plaque

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28. William Shaw (1885-1918) was born 20 July in Belfast, and grew up there and in Bangor, Down.  He was educated at QUB (BA 1907, BE?), and worked as an engineer until enlisting in WWI, later dying in Ypres.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Grave / Obit

   
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29. George Hoey (1885-1960) was born 17 September in Belfast, and was educated at QUB (BE, BA 1905).  His career was spent as an engineer in India.

1901 Census

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30. Charles Garrett (later Scott-Garrett, 1885-1972) was born 19 November in Carrigfergus, Antrim, and grew up there and in Belfast.  He was educated at St Andrews (BSc in maths & chemistry 1908, DSc) in Scotland, and had a career in chemistry first working for the Ministry of Munitions in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England.  From the 1930s on he devoted himself to local archeology.

1901 Census / 1918 / Archeology

   

 
 
 

 
 

30. Grace Acheson (later Faris, 1885-1973) was born 17 December in Portadown, Armagh, and was educated at Queen's Belfast (BA 1907, MA 1909). She taught English and classics as well as maths at Victoria College (1909-1912) until her marriage to George Faris, and again (1925-1951) following his early death, rising to the rank of headmistress.  Her son John Faris (1913-2011) below was a logician at QUB.  She and her sister above married brothers.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

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29. William Kirkpatrick (1886?-??) was educated at QUB (BA 1908).

 

29A. Doctor and radiologist Maitland Beath (1886-1940) was born 17 October in Belfast, Antrim, and was educated at QUB (BA 1907, MB, BCh & BAO 1914).  His career included Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Union Infirmary. and lecturing in dental radiology at QUB.

1901 Census / BJR / UMJ / Death

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29B. Anna Patterson (1887-1966) was born 27 January in Cookstown, Ytrone, and was educ ated at QUB & Victoria College (BA 1909).  She later taught in Lancashire, England.

1901 Census

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30. Jane Molyneux (later Dziewulski, 1887-1920) was born 20 March in Liverpool, and grew up there and in Belfast, her Antrim born father having become Belfast harbour master in 1893.  She was educated at QUB (BA, 1906, BSc & MA 1908), following which she studied in Germany for a year.  She lectured on physics back at QUB (1909-1910 & 1917-1919), and published a paper in French on Zeeman Triplets (1912).  In August 1919, she married Polish physicist Wacław Dziewulski who had just spent a year at QUB.  Sadly, she died young in Warsaw the next August, following childbirth.

1901 Census / 1909 / 1912A / 1912B / 1920 /  Son & Death / Grave 

First woman to get maths MA from Queen's, Belfast (1908)

First Irish woman maths grad to lecture in physics at third level.

First Irish woman maths grad to pursue research on the continent (in physics).

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31. Doctor Billy Lynd (1887-1947) was born 9 April in Drumsteeple, Aghadowey, Londonderry, He was educated at QUB (BA 1908, MD??) and spent his career as a doctor, first in Belfast and then in Cheshire.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / 1916

32. Victor Harper (1887-1964, brother of Edgar and of Margaret above) was born 13 February in Dungannon, Tyrone, and was educated at QUB (BA, 1908). He taught in England at first, and then at Campbell College (Belfast, 1915-1922). He spent the next 30 years as the headmaster of Lurgan College.

1901 Census / Campbell / Lurgan / Obit

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33. Frederick Scott (1887-1972) was born in 31 March in Omagh, Tyrone, and was educated at QUB (BA 1908, ME 1910). His career was spent as a civil engineer, mostly in South Africa, and his legacy includes several publications.

1901 Census / 1911 Census Paper Dam

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34. James Brown (1888-1968) was born 18 November in Belfast, and was educated at TCD (BA 1911).  His career was spent in the civil service in India.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / 1947 / Who's Who

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35. James Murphy (1888-1939) was born 23 August in Sion Mills, Strabane, Tyrone, and grew up there and in Belfast.  He was educated at University of London (BA, 1912) and later at QUB (MSc 1924), with a thesis on "Mathematical Study of Time and Temperature in the Earth".  He is known to have taught at Belfast Mercantile College (1912 on), North Mon (Cork) and Belfast Municipal College of Technology (-1924-).

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Obit


 
 
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36. Doctor James Boyd (1888-1963) was born 9 February in Ballyreagh, Dunaghy, east of Ballymoney, Antrim, and grew up there and in Down. He was educated at QUB (BA 1908, MA & BSc 1910, MB, BCh & BAO 1916, MD 1923).  He had taught maths at the Sorbonne before turning to medicine, and also taught the subject at Bradfield College in Berkeshire (1919-1921) while also serving as medical officer.  He then worked in Wales until 1930, and ended up in the Northern Ireland Ministry of Health, rising to the rank of CMO.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Min Health / 1951 / BMJ / Obit

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37. Physicist and crystallographer Paul Ewald (1888-1985) was born 23 Jan Berlin, Germany, and was mostly educated at Göttingen and München (PhD 1912).  His career included positions at München (1912-1921), Stuttgart (1921-1933), Cambridge (1937-1939), QUB (1939-1949) and the Polytech Institute of Brooklyn (1949-1959).

Wikipedia /

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38. Sydney Mytton (1889-1954) was born 5 May in England and grew up there and in Holywood, Down.  He was educated at QUB (BA 1909) and the University of London (BSc 1912) and spent his career as an accountant in London and Dublin.

1901 Census / Campbell

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39. Obstetrician and gynaecologist (William) McKim McCullagh (1889-1964) was born 12 October in Belfast, and was educated at QUB (BA 1910, MB BCh BAO 1913). After WWI, he worked in several London hospitals, and eventually had a Harley St practice.  He published extensively, invented some gynaecological instruments, and was a foundation member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1929.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Bio / Papers 1 / Papers 2

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41. Charlotte Wedgwood (later Cole, 1890-1973) was born 5 May in Belfast, and grew up there and in Dublin.  She was educated at QUB (BA 1911), and is known to have done tutoring after that.  She married David Henry Cole in Belfast in 1916.  Died in Hampshire.

1901 Census / 1911 Census 1912

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42. Mary Darragh (later Montgomery, 1891-1942-??) was born 4 January in Coleraine, Londonderry and grew up there and in Carrigfergus and Belfast.  She was educated at QUB (BA 1912, MSc 1913).  Her master's thesis on "Combination Tones" was done under William Morton; the pair published a related paper on the theory of hearing in 1914.  She taught at Princess Gardens School (1914-) and Methodist College (-1916-1918-) in Belfast. She married Thomas Montgomery in 1924.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / 1914 Paper

First Irish woman in maths with master's thesis (in applied maths, 1913).

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43. Ellie Harvey (1891-1923) was born 30 March in Drumbeg, Lisburn, Down. She was educated at QUB (BA 1913, MA 1914). Her master's thesis was on "Applications of Nomography to Discontinuous Liquid Motions"). No career information is known. She died young.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Death

44. Owen McKenna (aka Eóghan MacCionnaith, 1891-1967) was born 13 December in Millstreet, Cork.  He was educated at UCC (BA 1912, MA 1916) and at Univ London (BSc 1919, MSc 1924).  He taught in Glasgow and Belfast (1912-1920), and lectured at Belfast Municipal College of Technology (1920-1928).  He then jouned the staff at UCG, where he lectured on maths and maths physics in English and Irish (1928-1961).

Bio / Aimn / Grave / 1901 Census / Podcast

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45. James Vint (1892-1973??) was born 15 August in Muckamore Grange, Antrim, and was educated at QUB (BA 1913, MA 1914).  He was on the staff at QUB until moving to Bristol (1921-1958).

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Spelling

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46. Maggie Boyd (later Dabner, 1892-1962) was born 3 January in Ballyreagh, Dunaghy, Antrim, and was educated at QUB (BSc 1913, MSc 1914, teaching diploma 1915 or 1916).  Her master's thesis was on "Propagation of Large Disturbances and of Discontinuities through a Gas" with William Morton.  In 1924, she married and moved to Huddersfield, Yorkshire for the rest of her life.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

 
 
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48. Edwin Frizelle (1894-1915) was born 26 January in Ballysaggart, Dungannnon, Tyrone, and was educated at QUB (BA 1913, MA 1914). He intended pursuing medicine, but enlisted with the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was killed in action at the Dardanelles in August 1915.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Bio / QUB


 

49. Margaret Kennedy (1894-1978) was born 22 January in Pleasurestep, Ballymoney, Antrim, and grew up in Portstewart, Londonderry.  She was educated at QUB (BSc 1914).  Her career was spent teaching, first as part of the Zanana Presbyterian Mission in private girls' schools in Bombay and New Delhi (1919-1929), and at the Trafalgar Institute in Montreal (1930-1932), then back at Cranagh House, Coleraine.  She later taught in Portballintra (Antrim) and at the Masonic School in Belfast.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Link

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50. Janet Nichols (later Ferguson, then Martin, 1894-1978) was born 15 April in Belfast and was educated at QUB (BA 1914, MA 1915), and at the University of London (BSc 1916).  Rumours of a first from Cambridge seem unreliable.  She married Reuter's correspondent Fergus Ferguson in Turkey 1919, and James Martin in 1949.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / Link / Daughter

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51. Amy Woods (later Rentoul, 1894-1980) was born 10 November in Downpatrick, Down.  She was educated at QUB (BA 1917, BSc 1918, MSc 1919, MA 1921).  Both masters were by thesis, the first on "Work on Diffraction Grating" and the second (under William Morton) on "The Graphical Solution of Differential Equations of the First Order and First Degree".  She was appointed demonstrator of physics at QUB in 1917 and also served as lecturer in maths till at least 1922.  She married in 1925, and spent most of the rest of her life in Truro, Cornwall.

1901 Census / 1911 Census / 1916 / 1918 / 1921 /

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53. Alfred Williams (1899-1976) was born 11 May in Dubin, and was educated at TCD (BA 1921, MA, LLD 1962).  He was a school inspector who later became permanent secretary foe education for Northern Ireland.

1901 Census / 1911 Census

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57. Karl Emeléus (1901-1989)
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71. Bill Loughery (1907-1977) was born 1 November in Dromore, Down, and was educated at TCD (scholar, BA 1930).  He taught at Campbell College (1930-1934), and then at Rugby in Warwickshire (1934 to at least 1949).  He is remembered as a cricketer.

1911 Census / Wikipedia / Cricket

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78. Mabel Mulligan (1908- ?)  was born 29 October in  Ballymena, Antrim, and was educated at QUB (BA 1930).

1911 Census

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79. Lena McAleese (later Porter, 1909-1975-?) was born 9 February, in Craigs, Ballymena, Antrim, and was educated at QUB (BSc 1930, MSc 1931).  Her master's thesis done under Jack Semple was on "An Investigation of Line Congruencies with Special Reference to Those of the Second Order ".  Her career included teaching at Cullybackey School (1924-1926).

1911 Census / Link

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80. Florence Berryman (1910-?) was born 28 March in Armagh town, and was educated at QUB (MA 1939, MA 1931). Her master's thesis done under William Morton was on "Recent Researches on Solids in Motion in Fluids".

1911 Census

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82. Jack Todd (1911-2007) was born 16 May in Carnacally, Down, and grew up there and in Belfast.  He was educated at first at QUB (BA 1931).  After 2 years studying with Littlewood at Cambridge, he taught at QUB and at King's College, London.  Following several years at the Admiralty, during the war, he moved to the USA, where he spent a decade at the National Bureau of Standards.  The rest of his career was spent at Caltech, where he supervised 5 PhDs and wrote 2 books.  He was an early proponent of using computers to do numerical mathematics.  His efforts in the 1940s helped to ensure the preservation of the Oberwolfach Mathematical Research Institute in Germany.

Wikipedia / MacTutor IMS Caltech

   
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98. Marion Heanen (1913-1970) was born 17 January in Downpatrick, Down, and was educated at QUB (BSc 1934).  She taught at King's Norton Secondary School in Birmingham.

109. Mathematical logician John Faris (son of Grace Acheson above, 1913-2011) was born 15 March in Caledon, south of Dungannon, Tyrone, and was educated at Oxford (MA 1936). His entire career was spent at QUB (1936-1978). His books included Truth-Functional Logic (1962) and Quantification Theory (1964).

Obit

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113. Billy Todd (1913-1981, brother of Jack above) was born 2 November in Carnacally, Down, and grew up there and in Belfast.  He was educated at QUB (BSc 1936).  His career was spent teaching at Methodist College and later at Rainey School.
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114. Nora Auterson (later Hoey, 1916-1980) was born 1 July in Newry, Down, and was educated at QUB (BSc 1937).  No career information is known.

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115. Elizabeth Bailie (later Craig, 1915?- ) was born 8 December in Killenican, Down.  She was educated at QUB (BSc 1937).  Nothing further is known.

116. Mathematical physicist David Bates (1916-1994) was born 18 November in Omagh, Tyrone, and grew up there and in Belfast. He was educated at first at QUB (BSc 1937, MA 1938, with a thesis on "Recombination in the Upper Atmosphere" under Harrie Massey). His doctoral studies with Massey at University College London were interrupted by WWII, and never formally completed, but the two worked together extensively. UCL awarded him an honorary DSC in 1951, the year he returned to found the applied maths and theoretical physics dept at QUB. He worked in atmospheric and molecular physics, and had numerous doctoral students, not only there but also at Oxford. He was a founding member of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.

Wikipedia / RAS / Independent / Ulster Bio / EGU

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123. Theoretical physicist Jim Hamilton (1918-2000) was born in Sligo town, and brought up in Belfast.  He was educated at QUB and Manchester, earning his 1948 PhD ("Quantum Theory of Radiation Damping") with Patrick Blackett.  His career included notable stints at DIAS, Cambridge, University College London, and Nordita in Copenhagen.  At DIAS, he helped develop the theory of of cosmic-ray mesons, and his later work included S-matrix theory research.

Wikipedia / CERN

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124. Thomas McFadden (1919??-?) was born and was educated at QUB (BA 1938?, MSc 1939).  His thesis was on "A Differential Method for Investigating Critical Potentials".

 

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125. Edith Oakman (1916-1971) was born 8 March in Hillhall, Lisburn, Antrim, and was educated at QUB (BA 1938).  Nothing more is known.
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126. Richard Ingram (1916-1967) was born 27 July in Belfast, and was educated at first at UCD (BA 1938, MA 1939), where he earned an NUI Travelling Studentship. His 1948 PhD on "Characters of the Symmetric Group") was done at Johns Hopkins, earning under fellow Irishman Frank Murnaghan.  A priest, his interests included geophysics and algebra.  In addition to teaching maths at UCD for two decades, he spent many years running the seismological observatory at Rathfarnam Castle.  A founding member of the IMTA, he also co-edited Volume 3 of the complete papers of W. R. Hamilton.

Johns Hopkins / Obit

127. Tom Benson (1916-2020) was born 20 September in Dungannon, Tyrone, and was educated at QUB (BSc 1939).  He spent most of his career at Larne Grammar School, where he was a very influential maths teacher. He also taught briefly at Ballymena Academy and Belfast Royal Academy in the mid 1940s.

Death

notable_photo 128. Irene Edgar (1916-??) was born 13 October in Belfast, and was educated at QUB (BA 1939).
notable_photo 129. Catherine Harper (later Cusdin, 1918-1978) was born 3 March in Belfast, and was educated at QUB (BA 1939).  She married in 1941.
notable_photo 130. Sarah Symington (1915-1956-?) was born 26 October in Lurgan, Armagh, and educated at QUB (BA 1939). She taught for many years at Ballinagone, Portadown.
 
 

131. Bertie Todd (1917-1992?, brother of Jack & Billy above) was born 17 August in Carnacally, Down, and grew up there and in Belfast.  He got a University of London external degree by correspondence (circa 1939).  While his career was spent in research in the linen industry, some of his publications had mathematical content.

Papers

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132. John Herivel (1918-2011) was born 29 August in Belfast, and was educated at Cambridge (Sidney Sussex, BA 1939).  He was then drafted to work at Bletchley Park.  Following the war, he taught at QUB for 30 years, and later at Oxford, writing several biographical books along the way.

Wikipedia / MacTutor / Guardian / Telegraph / GCHQ

 
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