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Glaisher, James Whitbread Lee, 1848-1928 (mathematician)

 Person

Biography

James Whitbread Lee Glaisher was born on 5 November 1848 in Lewisham, Kent, the elder son of James Glaisher (1809–1903), astronomer and meteorologist, and his wife, Cecilia Louisa Belville. He was sent to St Paul's School, London, in 1858. In 1867 he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was elected a scholar the following year, and in 1871 he graduated second wrangler. He was elected a fellow of Trinity in October 1871 and was at once appointed a lecturer and assistant tutor. His lectureship continued for thirty years until 1901 and he remained in residence at Trinity for the rest of his life. Glaisher was much involved in the scientific organizations of his time. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society at the early age of twenty-seven in 1875, served on its council for three periods (1883–4, 1890–92, 1917–19), and was awarded the Sylvester medal in 1913. His earliest original paper (dealing with numerical tables of some non-evaluable integrals), written while he was still an undergraduate, was communicated to the society in 1870. Glaisher joined the London Mathematical Society in 1872, was a member of its council continuously until his retirement in 1906, served as president in 1884–6, and was awarded the De Morgan medal in 1908. He joined the Royal Astronomical Society in 1871, was on its council from 1874 until 1928, serving twice as president (1886–8 and 1901–3). Like his father, he was active in the British Association for the Advancement of Science, as secretary of Section A for a number of years, as president of the section at the Leeds meeting of 1890, and as a member of many of the committees dealing with numerical tables, and of those reporting on the contemporary state of mathematical science. The main part of Glaisher's published work consists of his papers on mathematics and astronomy. In middle life Glaisher began his study of ceramics, which developed into the dominant pursuit of his remaining years and resulted in his becoming one of the leading collectors of his day and the author of several papers on ceramics. Glaisher died in his college rooms in New Court on 7 December 1928 and was buried at Cambridge. He never married.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds

James Whitbread Lee Glaisher: Correspondence to Alfred Newton, 1879-1880

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/540-542
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.

Dates: 1879-1880
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Letter from James Whitbread Lee Glaisher to J.C. Maxwell, 9 May 1876

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS.Add.7655/II/112
Scope and Contents From the Series:

A principal series of scientific correspondence, drafts and notes totalling 242 items, letters written to J.C. Maxwell from many scientists and institutions of Maxwell's day dating from his early days at Cambridge University until the day of his death.

Dates: 9 May 1876
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: RESTRICTED - Use Microfilms CMO5028-CMO5042. List in catalogue
 Item

Letter from J.W.L. Glaisher to J.C. Maxwell, 17 June 1878 (SLP 708n)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS.Add.7655/II/156
Scope and Contents From the Series:

A principal series of scientific correspondence, drafts and notes totalling 242 items, letters written to J.C. Maxwell from many scientists and institutions of Maxwell's day dating from his early days at Cambridge University until the day of his death.

Dates: 17 June 1878 (SLP 708n)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: RESTRICTED - Use Microfilms CMO5028-CMO5042. List in catalogue
 Fonds

The Cambridge Antiquarian Society Glaisher Collection of aeronautical engravings and pictures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10207
Scope and Contents The collection is principally one created by James Glaisher and slightly augmented by his son, James Whitbread Lee Glaisher. It consists of a series of scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings on eighteenth and nineteenth century balloon ascents, loose newspaper cuttings on ballooning, nineteenth century journals and periodicals featuring articles on ballooning and aeronautical flights, scientific papers principally concerned with James Glaisher's experiments for the British Association for...
Dates: 1693-1928
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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