Robert Potts: Correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Robert Potts relating to the chancellorship of Cambridge University at the time of Prince Albert's election.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Potts (1805-1885), mathematician, was born in Lambeth, London. He was educated privately in Kent, before matriculating at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1828 (B.A., 1832; M.A., 1835). Thereafter, he became a private tutor in the university. Potts won acclaim for his edition of Euclid's Elements, which was first published in 1845. He died at Cambridge on 4 August 1885.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Robert Potts, 1872.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entries on Potts in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVI (London, 1909), and in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 168.

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