Liverpool

Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641) may have been born in Toxteth; he certainly died here, and is buried in the graveyard of the Chapel. There is a monument inside the Chapel, and the nearby Church of St. Michael's has a commemorative tablet.

The Liverpool Exchange has statues of Columbus, Drake, Galileo, Mercator and Raleigh on the south facade of the Quadrangle.

George Boole (1815-1864) taught at Mr. Marrat's school, 4 Whitemill St, in 1833.

William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882) was born in Liverpool.

The mathematical physicist and relativity theorist Ebenezer Cunningham (1881-1977) was a junior lecturer in mathematics at Liverpool from 1904 to 1907. While there he helped to start a University Settlement for social work in a slum area.

W.H. Young (1863-1942) held various part-time teaching positions at Liverpool University from 1906 to 1916 (including one with the grandiose title Professor of the philosophy and history of mathematics in 1913). His papers and those of his wife Grace Chisholm Young (1868-1944) and daughter Cecily Tanner (1900-1992) (v. BSHM Newsletter 23 (1993), 10-15) are held in the Liverpool University Archives.

The pioneer science-fiction writer Olaf Stapledon was a lecturer at the University, c. 1930.

Henry Lipson and C. A. Beevers, research students at Liverpool University in 1934, made the first applicaton of Fourier analysis to x-ray diffraction patterns. This used special strips of paper which Beevers printed and sold until 1970. Examples are in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

James Chadwick (1891-1974) was Professor at Liverpool 1935-1948 (??). Nobel Prize in Physics, 1935, for discovering the neutron.


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