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Lucasian Professor of Mathematics (University of Cambridge)


Lucasian Professor of Mathematics Important Facts:
  • The Lucasian Professor is the holder of a mathematics professorship at the University of Cambridge, England.
  • It is one of the world's most prestigious academic posts.
  • Was first founded in 1663 by Henry Lucas (MP for the University of Cambridge).
  • Chair officially established by King Charles II (January 18, 1664).
  • Previous holder was Stephen Hawking, till September 2009 (pictured).
  • Current holder is Michael Green FRS, from October 2009.
Henry Lucas & the Professorship:
  • Lucas, in his will, bequeathed his 4,000 volume library to the University of Cambridge.
  • Included in the will also was instruction for the purchase of land whose earning should provide £100 a year for the founding of a professorship.
  • It was also stipulated that the holder of the professorship should not be active in the church.
Previous Holders of the Fellowship:
  1. Isaac Barrow
  2. Sir Isaac Newton
  3. William Whiston
  4. Nicolas Saunderson
  5. John Colson
  6. Edward Waring
  7. Isaac Milner
  8. Robert Woodhouse
  9. Thomas Turton
  10. Sir George Biddell Airy
  11. Charles Babbage
  12. Joshua King
  13. Sir George Gabriel Stokes
  14. Sir Joseph Larmor
  15. P. A. M. Dirac
  16. Sir M. James Lighthill
  17. Stephen Hawking
  18. Michael Green

Image - Stephen Hawking by doug88888 (cc)


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