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Professor George Gibson

Cartoon in Glasgow University Magazine 31 October 1923 by "Psi" (Ian Phillips), depicting Professor George Alexander Gibson.

Gibson (1858-1930) entered the University of Glasgow in 1874 and after graduating he became assistant to William Jack, Professor of Mathematics. In 1895 he became Professor of Mathematics at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Royal Technical College. He left in 1909 to become Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow, where he reorganised and raised the level of teaching, providing tutorials for all students and dividing the classes into smaller groups.

Gibson wrote a number of widely used textbooks, mainly on calculus, and became an authority on the history of mathematics. He was also one of the early members of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society. A series of lectures was instituted in his name after his retirement and in 1930 the first lecturer in the series was Albert Einstein.

Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, DC198/32a

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