William Rowan Hamilton
was born 212 years ago
4th August 1805

In 1843 William Rowan Hamilton discovered the quaternions, the first noncommutative algebra to be studied. He felt this would revolutionise mathematical physics and he spent the rest of his life working on quaternions.

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http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Hamilton.html