James Glaisher, British mathematician

James Glaisher, British mathematician

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Caption: James Whitbread Lee Glaisher (1848-1928), British mathematician. Glaisher spent his career lecturing at Cambridge University. He was also a prolific author, writing over 400 articles on astronomy, special functions, numerical tables and number theory. He served as president of the London Mathematical Society from 1877-86, and of the Royal Astronomical Society twice, in 1886-88 and 1901-03. His father, also called James Glaisher, was a meteorologist and aeronaut. Portrait sketched in 1927.

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