John Edward Aloysius Steggall, Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics

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Addresses, lectures and notes on a variety of subjects 1882-1930; correspondence 1899-1927; photographs 1880s-1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Steggall was born in London in 1855, the son of Dr J W B Steggall, a physician, originally from East Anglia. He was educated at the City of London School and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating second Wrangler in 1878. He subsequently taught at Clifton College (1878-9) and Owens College, Manchester (1880-1883) before being appointed to the Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at the newly founded University College, Dundee. He became Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics in 1895. On his retirement in 1933 he received an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

As well as being a brilliant mathematician, Steggall was keenly interested in music, art, architecture, and photography. He married Isabella Katherine Frazer, the sister of Sir James G Frazer, in 1878, with whom he had two daughters and a son, a Royal Naval officer who was killed at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.


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This collection was previously catalogued as RECS C/3.

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Nicoll and revised by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, May 2002.

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Related Material

MS 130 'Poesie' by John William Stegall

The Life and Work of Professor Steggall, MSc thesis by Hilary Mason, 1996

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