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Cockle, Sir James, 1819-1895 (Knight, mathematician and lawyer)



  • Existence: 1819 - 1895


Sir James Cockle (1819-95), mathematician, lawyer, entered Trinity College in 1837 (BA 1842, MA 1845); called to the Bar in 1846, first Chief Justice of Queensland, 1863-79. Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (1854), Royal Society (1865), London Mathe-matical Society (1870).Wrote and published, mostly on problems in pure mathematics. He failed to obtain a solution to the general equation of the fifth degree but determined the explicit form of a sextic equation, a result independently confirmed by Harley in 1860. Robert Harley (1828-1910), mathematician, preacher, Congregational minister at Brighouse, Yorkshire, 1854-68, also professor of mathematics and logic at Airedale College. Later appointments were at Leicester (1868-72), Mill Hill School (1872-81), Huddersfield College (1882-85), and Oxford (1886-90). He devoted much time to higher algebra, especially the fifth degree. His conclusions, published in 1860, were independently reached at the same time by Sir James Cockle.

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Sir James Cockle: Letters to Robert Harley

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9539
Scope and Contents

359 letters on mathematics from James Cockle to Robert Harley, 1858-62. Formerly in 4 bound volumes.

Dates: 1858-1862
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