Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics

The Lucasian Professorship of mathematick [Mathematics] was established by The Reverend Henry Lucas (1610 – 1663) in 1663. Henry was Cambridge University's Member of Parliament from 1639–1640. The post was officially established by Charles II on 18th January 1664.

In 2012 the Daily Telegraph described by it as one of the most prestigious academic posts in the world.

Holders of the post:

1663 Isaac Barrow (1630 – 1677) Classics and mathematics

1669 IsaacNewton (1642 – 1726) Mathematics and physics

1702 WilliamWhiston (1667 – 1752) Mathematics

1711 Nicolas Saunderson (1682 – 1739) Mathematics

1739 John Colson (1680 – 1760) Mathematics

1760 Edward Waring (1736 – 1798) Mathematics

1798 Isaac Milner (1750 – 1820) Mathematics and chemistry

1820 Robert Woodhouse (1773 – 1827) Mathematics

1822 Thomas Turton (1780 – 1864) Mathematics

1826 George Biddell Airy (1801 – 1892) Astronomy

1828 Charles Babbage (1791 – 1871) Mathematics and computing

1839 Joshua King (1798 – 1857) Mathematics

1849 George Gabriel Stokes (1819 – 1903) Physics and fluid mechanics

1903 Joseph Larmor (1857 – 1942) Physics

1932 Paul Dirac (1902 – 1984) Physics

1969 James Lighthill (1924 – 1998) Fluid mechanics

1979 Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018) Theoretical physics and cosmology

2009 Michael Green (born 1946) String theory

2015 Michael Cates (born 1961) Statistical mechanics of soft condensed matter

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