FORSYTH, Professor Andrew Russell (1858-1942)

Scope and Content

Papers of Professor Andrew Russell Forsyth, [1898-1921], comprising papers and lectures concerning mathematics, notably relating to Abels theorem, Abelian functions, binary forms, quintic equations and other modular functions, Fourier's and other series, algebraic functions, 1909, differential equations of mathematical physics, 1917-1921, elements of theory of functions, 1915-1916, elliptic functions, 1898, 1914-1915, spherical harmonic series, expansion in polynomials, expansion theorems, solid geometry, differential equations of dynamics.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, Glasgow, 1858; educated at Liverpool College; Trinity College Cambridge; Fellow of Trinity College, 1881-1910; Professor of Mathematics, University College, Liverpool, 1882-1883; Lecturer and Assistant Tutor, Trinity College Cambridge; Lecturer in Mathematics, Cambridge University 1884-1895; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 1886; member of the Council, Senate of Cambridge University, 1890-1910; member of the Council, Royal Society, 1893-1895; Sadlerian Professor of Pure Mathematics, Cambridge, 1895-1910; Royal Medallist, 1897; President, Section A of the British Association (Toronto), 1897, (South Africa), 1905; President of the Mathematical Association, 1903-1904, 1936; member, Treasury Committee on the Scottish Universities, 1909; Professor of Mathematics, Imperial College, 1913-1923; Emeritus Professor, Imperial College; died, 1942. Publications: include: A treatise on differential equations (Macmillan & Co, London, Cambridge printed, 1885); Theory of Differential Equations 6 vol (University Press, Cambridge, 1890-1906); Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable (University Press, Cambridge, 1893); Lectures on the Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces (University Press, Cambridge, 1912); Calculus of Variations (University Press, Cambridge, 1927); Geometry of Four Dimensions 2 vol (University Press, Cambridge, 1930); Intrinsic Geometry of Ideal Space 2 vol (Macmillan & Co, London, 1935).

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Separated Material

Papers held at the Royal Society; correspondence with Macmillans, 1885-1941, held at the British Library, Manuscript Collections (reference: Add MS 55197); letters to Karl Pearson, 1894-1936, held at University College London Manuscripts Room (reference: Pearson papers); correspondence with Sir George Stokes etc, 1895-1908 (reference: Add 7342, 7656), miscellaneous correspondence, 1892-1908, held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives).

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Custodial History

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Related Material

Records of the Department of Mathematics (KMATH), held at Imperial College.