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Smith's Prize papers.

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/L.REF.33A.3

Scope and Contents

Routh's instructions to the binder tipped in at front.
Mark lists included for 1838-1874, 1876-78 and 1880. Marks allotted to each question entered in the margins. Fairly frequent manuscript corrections and comments on the printed papers. Occasional notes of discrepant marks of the examiners (e.g. 1845, 1848, 1865, 1868 and 1869 where there are traces of discussions between Professors Challis, John Couch Adams, Arthur Cayley and George Gabriel Stokes.) Comments on individual candidates and their respective merits, notably at 1856, 1861 1863, 1873 and 1874 and 1875 (when the issue of the prizes was being hotly debated). These, and the years where discrepant marks are discussed predictably increase after essay questions, or dissertations, were introduced from the 1860s (Barrow-Green, p. 294). Occasional sheets misplaced by a year or so, sometimes apparently for the purposes of comparison.


  • 1838 - 1880


1 volume(s) : Paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by Edward John Routh (1831-1907) and donated by his widow, Hilda, to the college on his death.


For a detailed account of the Smith's Prizes see June Barrlow-Green, 'A corrective to the spirit of too exclusively pure mathematics: Robert Smith (1689-1768) and his prizes at Cambridge University', 'Annals of Science' 56 (1999) pp. 271-316


Challis, James (1803-1882) Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge

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